Faith, Hope and Love.

A few weeks ago, my family went camping.  My oldest son drives a Jeep Wrangler and he had been wanting to pack up and head out on an adventure!  Now granted, there isn’t much room in a Jeep Wranger, but we were able to squeeze in a tent and tarp, a dutch oven, four chairs, five sleeping bags, a blanket, and pillows.  We added a tote bag filled with eating and cooking utensils, a table cloth, a lighter, can opener, a pudgie pie maker,  marshmallow roasting sticks, and tin foil.  We packed in exactly enough food for what we would eat because we didn’t have room for leftovers.  Then we added the four of us.  I had stuff at my feet, in my lap, beside my head and could almost see from the back seat to the front!  There was no way we could have fit one more thing in this vehicle!  BUT we had everything we needed.  And what an adventure it was!

This week in FaithWorks!, our kids will be talking about love.  This series, “The Heart”, has over the last two weeks focused in on faith and hope and now in this third week we turn to love.  As we look at what Paul shared in his first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 13 in particular, we see that he had some specific things to say about what love is and what love is not.  In verses 4-8, he tells us that “love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Love never fails.”

Our youngest elementary kids this week will be cutting out these words and glueing them into a heart shape: those that tell what love IS goes inside the heart and what love IS NOT goes on the outside.  When you cram in all of the good stuff on the inside, there’s not room for any of the other!

When you cram in all the good stuff on the inside, you have all you need.  That’s what we’re trying to help the children understand as well as how to recognize it when they see it.  I hope this project finds its way to your refrigerator.  As you child’s reaching for the milk in the morning, maybe they’ll see that visual reminder of what to cram inside their heart for the day!

Then it’s time for adventure.

See you Sunday!

About Karen Grant

Children's Minister - FaithWorks! is the children's ministry of Clay Church in South Bend, Indiana.
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