God-Worshiping: God Gave His Best.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.
When it comes time to give to people in need, what do you give? Do you go through your closets and toy chests looking for things that you don’t use anymore? Would you give someone your new coat and wear your old, out-of-date jacket another year? Would you give something new, something you received for Christmas?
For children, Christmas seems to be more about getting than giving. What can you do to teach them about giving instead? One thing would be to have them go through their toy collections and sort out the things that they don’t play with anymore. These things could be cleaned up and donated to a local shelter for homeless or needy families. Another would be to have them choose one Christmas gift that they receive and to give that away. Other possibilities for family giving projects are: Going to the local nursing home to sing Christmas carols and visit with the residents. Bake cookies and bring them to your neighbors. The Kids Corner advent calendar has several ideas for Christmas giving. Other options are to participate in Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree project www.angeltree.org or Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child www.samaritanspurse.org. Whatever it is, make giving a part of your Christmas tradition.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What was Liz hoping to get for Christmas?
A. X-Monsters Robo-720 game system.
Q. What did Liz and Lucille see when they were walking home from the sledding hill?
A. A house on fire.
Q. Whose house was it?
A. The new kid-Jimmy.
Q. What did Liz decide to donate to the family for Christmas?
A. His new X-Monsters game system.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Why do we want to give our best to God?
God gave us his best-his one and only Son, so how can we give anything less than our best. When we love someone, we want to give them our best. Giving our best to others is one of the ways that we show God how much we love him. It also an expression of thanks to God for his love. (See 2 Corinthians 9:12, 15; John 13:34-35; 1 John 4:10-12).