Nature Walk: Baby Birds
When baby birds hatch, they are very hungry. They open their mouths very wide, so mommy and daddy bird can put food in there. What kind of food do they like? They like a lot of protein - that means bugs, fish, or meat, depending on the species.
Baby birds remind me of the Bible verse, Psalm 81:10, in which God says, "Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it." When you have needs, do you turn to your father in heaven to meet them? Do you thank Him for food, clothing, shelter, and family He has given you? Our Bible story today is about how God took care of prophet Elisha's needs through the kindness of a lady and her husband.
On your nature walk today, look for bird nests. Remember that God takes care of baby birds, and He will take care of you, too.
Memory Mastery: God's Special Book
This is our last month learning about God's special book, the Bible. Please look at a Bible while you listen along. Then try to answer the following questions.
Mission Helper: God is First
Naum is from Croatia. When he was in 1st grade, his teacher and principle told him that he had to come to school on Saturday with all the other students. But Naum told them that he went to church on Saturdays and would only obey God. Even though the men threatened that Naum would be in terrible trouble, they did not bother him again. Someday you may have to stand up for God, like Naum.
Bible Story: A Kind Woman Helps Elisha
Reference: 2 Kings 4
Prophet Elisha had a lot of work to do for God. He often traveled to different towns to teach the people about God who were students at the schools of the prophets.
One town he traveled through to get to his different schools was called Shunem. There was a kind lady there to always invited prophet Elisha to rest and eat at her house. One day, the kind lady told her husband, "Prophet Elisha's journey is so tiring. Let's build a room here for him, so he can stay for the night when he needs to rest more." Her husband liked the idea and went to work right away building a room for the prophet.
When prophet Elisha came by Shunem, the kind lady showed him his new room. "Surprise!" she said, "now you have a place to sleep when you are tired." Prophet Elisha was so thankful to the kind lady. He asked his servant, "What can we do for this kind woman to show her how much we appreciate her kindness?" His servant replied, "She has no children. Maybe you can ask God to give her one." Prophet Elisha liked that idea very much. He prayed to God, "Dear Father God, Thank you for the kindness of this woman. Please give her a son to bring her joy. Amen." God answered Elisha's prayer, and the woman had a baby boy.
When the boy grew up, he helped his father out in the field. One day, the boy became sick from the heat and died. The kind woman was so sad. She sent for Elisha right away. When Elisha got to the house, he found the dead boy in his room. Elisha prayed to God, "Dear Father God, Please bring this child back to life! Amen." The boy took a deep breath and opened his eyes. The kind woman and her husband hugged their child and praised God for giving them back their son.
Our prayer verse, 1 John 3:18, says, "My children, our love should not be only words and talk. Our love must be true love. And we should show that love by what we do." The kind woman showed love to prophet Elisha through her kind deeds towards him. Do you remember how she helped him? She gave him food, and her husband built him a room. Elisha was kind to her by praying for her to have a son and by praying for her son when he died. God wants us to look for ways to show His love to others, too.
Dear Father God, Help me show love to others by being kind and praying for them. In Jesus' name, Amen