Billy Graham once said, "We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for sharing. Our lesson this week with the elementary children is about sharing and what a difference we can make when we share what we have with Jesus. The story of Jesus feeding the 5,000 is found in all three gospels, but in John this miracle is attributed to starting with a young boy. "Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up,'Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?'” They were soon to find out. When this boy shared what he had, Jesus multiplied it many times over. Children will be empowered by this story and hopefully will understand that when they share; it matters.
Younger children will be reading another story about the animal characters they've been coming to know this summer. Children today sometimes lead such busy lives, being rushed from one activity to another. This overload can cause a good deal of stress.
Uri and the Busy Day
focuses on how we all need a break sometimes and we can ask God to help us calm down.
Time away to calm down and sharing with others - two things that can keep us centered and help raise our happiness level as well. When researching this newsletter a bit, I came across this quote.
“This life is for loving, sharing, learning, smiling, caring, forgiving, laughing, hugging, helping, dancing, wondering, healing, and even more loving. I choose to live life this way. I want to live my life in such a way that when I get out of bed in the morning, the devil says, 'aw *shoot*, he's up!”