My greeting today comes with the words of the apostle Paul, that we should rejoice. In the short passage of Philippians 4:4-8, there are many valuable teachings.
- Rejoice in the Lord always
- Know that the Lord is at hand
- Do not be anxious about anything
- Pray about everything
- With thanksgiving make your requests known to God
And the peace of God will guard your heart!
- Think about whatever is true
- Think about whatever is honorable
- Think about whatever is just
- Think about whatever is pure
- Think about whatever is lovely
- Think about whatever is commendable
- Think about whatever is excellent
- Think about anything worthy of praise
And the God of peace will be with you!
All this will bring joy to your heart, and God wants you to have joy. He instructed the Israelites about certain feasts that they should celebrate annually. One of those was the feast of the harvest, when they celebrate a feast to the Lord for seven days. They would take tree branches and make tabernacles and live in them for one week. Thus they would remember how God brought his people out of Egypt. (See Leviticus 23:33-43.) The reason for their celebrations was to rejoice. What can you celebrate to be happy about?In today’s story the children found an abandoned lamb. I love this drawing of Eleazar carrying the lamb in his arms. It makes me think of Jesus’ parable of the lost and found sheep. In the Gospel according to Matthew 18, Jesus tells the story of the lost and found sheep when talking about children and says that the heavenly Father does not want any one of them to be lost.
A lamb in the Savior’s arms is something wonderful. Read Matthew 18:1-14 and meditate on the deep meaning. In Luke 15 Jesus speaks of the joy in heaven for a sinner who repents.
Look at the picture of Eleazar and the little lamb. Imagine that you are the lamb in the Savior’s arms; then imagine yourself carrying in your arms that student in need of love. It can also be your son/daughter that you have close to your heart.
For today’s story I have pictures and a PowerPoint of the lost and found sheep, if you would like to use this parable. It’s an excellent opportunity to talk about the love of Jesus for each little lamb, and to make an invitation to the children to give their hearts to Jesus.
Find the story of the lost and found sheep here: Salvation page
I’ve started a page called SALVATION with the purpose of providing materials for this most important subject. We are all lost sheep in need of a Savior.
Keep in mind this week that God wants you to be happy. Rejoice in the Lord! Whatever problem you are going through, don’t worry. Take your need to God in prayer, with thanksgiving. The Lord will work in your life. If you’re anxious and concerned, think about yourself as a lamb in the arms of the beloved Savior.
Welcome to read The Great Escape, story #7: A Stop for a Rescue