God Loves Us This Much

Submitted by Milann Daugherty

 

Theme: Salvation
Object: The book Twice Yours by Nan Gurley
Scripture: I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 3 John 1:4

 

Imagine that you made something with your own hands all by yourself. It was very special to you. How does that make you feel? Call on children for responses.

You love it very much AND THEN you lose it – How would you feel? Call on children for responses.

What if, after searching everywhere for it, for a very long time, you found it – how would you feel? Call on children for responses.

What if, after you found this special thing that you made, you discover that it now belongs to someone else, who intends to keep it - What would you give to that person to get it back? Call on children for responses.

I would like to read a story to you called Twice Yours written by Nan Gurley.

READ STORY.

This story shows us how much God loves us. God sent His son who would give everything He had - His life – that we might have eternal life.

Have you ever seen parents say to a toddler – “How big are you?” And the child will raise his hands over his head and say “So big.” Have you seen a child respond to the question, “How much do I love you” – by outstretching his arms and saying, “This much!”

When your arms are outstretched, with your body you are making a cross. That can remind you of God’s love for you. If God loves us this much, that Jesus gave his life for you, then He must think that we are very special. God thinks that each one of you is a small wonder!

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for loving us so much that you sent your son to die for our sins. Help all children to understand what a wonderful gift he or she is. Help them to know that they are a small wonder, one of a kind; that You have given each one special gifts and a special purpose. May they live their lives in such a way as to glorify You. I thank you for Nan Gurley and the special gifts You gave her. Her book has blessed us and brings glory to You. You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lord. Thank you for all the many ways you have blessed us. Thank you Lord, in Jesus name we pray, Amen