Hi to all children and parents, To the children I say, make sure you unwrap and use your God-given gifts. To parents I say make every effort to see that your children unwrap their God -given gifts and then put them to use. This process is always a 3-way co-operation and working together.
Here is a story. You read it and try to understand it or otherwise get your parents to read it and explain it to you.
This is Shrek the sheep. He became famous several years ago when he was found after hiding out in caves for six years. Of course, during this time his fleece grew without anyone there to shorn (shave) it. When he was finally found and shaved, his fleece weighed an amazing sixty pounds. Most sheep have a fleece weighing just under ten pounds, with the exception usually reaching fifteen pounds, maximum. For six years, Shrek carried six times the regular weight of his fleece. Simply because he was away from his shepherd.
This reminds me of John 10 when Jesus compares Himself to a shepherd, and His followers are His sheep. Maybe it’s a stretch, but I think Shrek is much like a person who knows Jesus Christ but has wandered. If we avoid Christ’s constant refining of our character, we’re going to accumulate extra weight in this world—a weight we don’t have to bear.
When Shrek was found, a professional sheep shearer took care of Shrek’s fleece in twenty-eight minutes. Shrek’s sixty pound fleece was finally removed. All it took was coming home to his shepherd.
I believe Christ can lift the burdens we carry, if only we stop hiding. He can shave off our ‘fleece’—that is, our self-imposed burdens brought about by wandering away from our Good Shepherd.
“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
The picture is what I wish everyone, but especially to you as the younger more vulnerable members of our parish family. Remember this is what God says to you personally, ‘He loves you and hugs you in His prayers.’ Tell someone today that you love them and that you hug them in your prayers.
A wise teacher once brought balloons to school, told her pupils to blow them up and write their name on one. After the children tossed their balloons into the hall, the teacher moved through the hall mixing them all up.
The kids were given five minutes to find the balloon with their name on it, but though they searched frantically, no one found their own balloon.
Then the teacher told them to take the balloon closest to them and give it to the person whose name was on it. In less than two minutes, everyone was holding their own balloon.
The teacher said to the children, “These balloons are like happiness. We won’t find it when we’re only searching for our own. But if we care about someone else’s happiness…it will ultimately help us find our own.”
Whose happiness can you help find and in what way?
Here is a link that shows you how much fun bringing happiness to others can be.
Perhaps we can learn to care and pray for one another learning from the eternal youth of Peanuts. Please pray these words slowly, and carefully and lovingly. Parents please encourage and help your children to pray both prayers included.
Please wrap Your arms around my family and friends. Keep everyone in this world safe and protected from the harm we face. In recent days/weeks, we’ve all been fearful and afraid of what is coming next. It’s so heartbreaking and draining to our souls to see what is happening in the world we live in. I thank You, because even when I’m feeling sad and unsure if I can go on, You give me the strength and wisdom to make it through another day. Please continue to hold us all in the grace of Your arms and in the mercy of Your care. Thank You again for being a comfort to my heart and being there for me on the darkest of days. I trust You are working hard to end this storm and place peace in our hearts.
I just received this from a musical friend in South Africa and thought it would be a fun thing for the kids to do. Let them copy the paperwork and then put the video on so that they can hear it and try to follow the pattern with the music. Bless you as families as you have some fun together.