|Theme:||God is all-knowing and all-loving. Proper 7 (12) Yr. A|
|Object:||A jar filled with jelly beans|
|Scripture:||Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Matthew 10: 29-30 [NIV]|
When I was a child, I would sometimes go into a store and see a large jar filled with beans. There would be a contest to see who could guess how many beans were in the jar. The one who guessed the nearest to the correct number would win a prize.
Can you guess how many jelly beans are in this jar? (Allow some time for them to guess. You may choose to give a prize to the one who guesses the closest.) Actually, there are (my jar had 285) jelly beans in this jar. Some of you came close, and some weren't very close at all.
Wouldn't it be amazing if someone could take one look at this jar and tell you exactly how many jelly beans are in the jar? That would be pretty amazing, but let me tell you something more amazing than that! The Bible tells us that God knows exactly how many hairs are on your head. Look around the room, some of us have a lot of hair and some don't have very much. It doesn't matter how much or how little hair you have, God knows how many hairs are on each person's head!
The Bibles also says that God knows exactly how many birds are in the air and if one of them dies and falls to the ground, God knows it! If God cares when a little sparrow falls to the ground, can you imagine how much he cares for you? Well, I'll tell you how much God cares for you -- He cares for you so much that He sent His only Son, Jesus, to die on the cross so that you could have everlasting life. Now, that's amazing love!
Dear Father, we are thankful that we have a God who knows everything about us and loves us so much that He sent His Son to die for us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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