A miracle is something wonderful only God can do. Take a minute to think about that definition we will be teaching your preschooler over the next few weeks. When I meditate on it, I realize that miracles are happening around me all the time – mostly lives that are changing because of Jesus. Only God can truly change a heart. What a blessing that our church family is full of walking, talking miracles. Are you one? Don’t forget to thank Him for that miracle today.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
Your child learned this week that Jesus has power to do many wonderful things that only God can do, even heal people who are sick. As Jesus came into a village, ten men who had leprosy met Him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, have pity on us!” When Jesus saw them, He said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” As they went, they were cleansed! One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him. Jesus asked, “Weren’t all ten men healed? Where are the other nine?” Then He told the man, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” (Luke 17:11-19)
- A miracle is something wonderful that only God can do.
- Jesus has the power to heal.
- Jesus wants us to thank Him for the wonderful things He does.
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:14 NIV
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us Jesus Wants Us to Thank Him for the Wonderful Things He Does:
1. Thankful Bag
Help your child create a thankful bag. Grab a large grocery size paper bag, let your child decorate the outside, and label it, “My Thankful Bag.” Throughout the week, add items to the bag that your child is thankful for; it could be a toy, pictures of family, or a rock to represent God’s creation. At the end of the week have a thankful party or a special dessert after dinner to thank God for all of His many blessings.
2. Act It Out
Cut out ten gingerbread-shaped people. Have your child color a few dots on each person and color one person completely. Act out the story using the gingerbread shaped people as the lepers. When Jesus heals the lepers have your child place band-aids over the dots on each person. As the lepers walk away, have the one gingerbread shaped person who he colored completely come back to say thank you. Once he has acted out the story, talk with your child using these questions:
- What is a miracle? (Something wonderful only God can do)
- What does Jesus have the power to do? (heal)
- How many men did Jesus heal?
- What did one of the men come back and say to Jesus? (thank you)
- How can we give Jesus glory for how He takes care of us?
3. Megaphone Fun
Grab a sheet of white or colored construction paper. Let your child decorate it with crayons and/or stickers. Once he is finished, roll the paper into a megaphone. Take your child outside and let him yell thank you into the megaphone. Talk about how the one leper came back to say thank you.
Dear God, Thank You for the many wonderful things You do in our lives each day. Help us to remember to thank You for each one of those things and not forget like the nine lepers did. Amen.
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