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 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 does miracles and wants us to thank Him:
1. Jesus Heals
Rub a thin layer of “Elmer’s glue” on your child’s hand and let it dry. Once it is dry, talk to your child about how it makes his skin look and feel. Explain a little bit about the disease of leprosy—it makes your skin get sick and hurt. You cannot be with your friends and family because you can give them your germs and then their skin would get sick. Then, peel it off and talk about how exciting it must have been when Jesus healed the lepers’ skin. When Jesus healed the lepers, their skin was made healthy right away. Read the story of how Jesus healed the 10 lepers and then talk with your child about the story using these questions:
- What is a miracle?
- What does Jesus have the power to do?
- How many men did Jesus heal?
- What did one of the men come back and say to Jesus?
- How can we give Jesus glory for how He takes care of us?
(to the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know it”)
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 (raise fingers to show each number)
There were ten sick men, (sway hands in tempo)
Jesus made them well again,
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 (count again)
Only one came to say “Thank You” to the Lord (show one finger, bows at “thank you”)
Only one came to say “Thank You” to the Lord
Nine men made Him sad, (show 9 fingers, frowny face)
But one man made Him glad, (show one finger, smile)
Only one came to say thank you to the Lord.
3. My Thankful Heart
Make a thankful heart by drawing a large heart on colored construction paper. On the bottom of the page, write “My Thankful Heart”. Have your child place Band-Aids on the heart outline and talk to him about how Jesus healed the people who were sick and only one said thank you. Ask your child what he is thankful for and write it on the inside of the heart.
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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