A few years ago at family camp Todd Wagner asked a provocative question about this story, “When Jesus fed the 5000, where did the miracle occur?” Think about that for a minute. Did the bread multiply when it got to the people? Or when the disciples were carrying it around? The answer is that the miracle occurred where Jesus was. Do you need a miracle in your life? (Remember a miracle is something wonderful only God can do.) Spend some time with Jesus this week. That is where miracles happen.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned that Jesus is all-powerful and He has the power to give us what we need. Jesus went away in a boat with his disciples to a solitary place for rest. The crowds saw this and followed. Jesus had compassion on them and began teaching them many things. At the end of the day, the disciples asked Jesus to send the crowds away to get food. Jesus told the disciples to feed them. All they found was a boy with five barley loaves and two fish. The disciples brought the boy to Jesus, and he was willing to give Jesus all he had. Jesus blessed the food and broke it. He instructed the people to sit in groups of 50. The disciples passed out the food until everyone ate and was satisfied, around 5,000 people! There were even 12 baskets of bread left over. (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17 and John 6:1-15)
- Jesus has power to give us what we need.
- A miracle is something wonderful only God can do.
- We can ask Jesus to give us what we need to help others.
“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 has power to give us what we need:
1. Visual Aids for Saying the Blessing
Most of us have probably explained to our child that before we eat we should “say the blessing” or “thank God for our food,” but it is easy to fall into a rut of saying the same two lines quickly so they can dig in! This is a great opportunity to help him think about all the ways God has provided for us. Make a list with your child of needs God has provided for; the list might include a home, clothes, food, parents to care for them, medicine when they are sick, or a car for transportation… be as specific as you want, like a bed to sleep in, air conditioning to keep us cool, etc.. Then make a visual for each one. If you have a digital camera, your child can help you photograph most of these and print them out. You can draw pictures as well. Put all the illustrations in a jar in the kitchen and let your child select one before each meal and give thanks for that blessing.
2. Bread for a Friend
Have your child help you bake a loaf of bread and find a neighbor or friend to share it with just like the boy in the story shared his with Jesus. You can attach a verse like John 6:35 or Psalm 34:8 or a simple note saying, “We celebrate God’s provision in our lives & today we celebrate a friend like you!”
3. Fish and Pasta Necklace
Grab some yarn, large Ziti pasta or other tube pasta and some paper. Draw and cut out two simple fish about the size of your hand. Let your child color the fish and punch a hole in the tail. Count out five pieces of the pasta and a cut a length of the yarn long enough for a necklace. Help your child thread the yarn through the pasta and the fish while talking to him about how God made five loaves (the pasta) and two fish into enough food to feed 5000. Once you have finished, tie the two pieces of yarn together for a necklace. You can also talk with your child using these questions:
- What is a miracle?
- How could Jesus feed 5,000 people with only 2 fish and 5 loaves of bread?
- How do you think the little boy felt when he saw that Jesus used his small gift to bless so many people?
- What is the difference between a “need” and a “want”?
Dear Lord, we know You are more powerful than anything we can imagine! Thank you for knowing just what we need and for taking care of us. Help us be like the boy who gave everything he had to Jesus, even though it wasn’t much. We know that You can do amazing things with whatever we bring You!
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