To the Letter

THEME

God-worshiping: Dive into God’s word today.

MEMORY VERSE

Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Proverbs 2:8

For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

NOTES

We all like receiving a card, a letter or an email from a friend. Storytelling emails make us smile as we read about the recent adventures that our friends have had. When someone has taken the time to write to us in a birthday card or a Christmas greeting, we understand underneath it all that the person cares for us. They want to share who they are and what is important to us.

In the story, Julia said that it was good reading Carrie’s stories, knowing that Carrie understood some of the hard things that Julia has gone through. Here she connected to the real purpose of the letter.

Here’s what Carrie Grace said about God’s word:

“Just don’t forget that God wrote us his letter – the Bible – because he wants us to know him and know that he cares about every one of us and that God knows what we’re going through and that He can be our source of strength and hope.

The Bible calls that kind of knowledge “wisdom.” Proverbs 2:8 says “For the Lord gives wisdom; From His mouth – his words in the Bible -- come knowledge and understanding


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. Who is the first caller when the contest was announced?
A. Carrie Grace.

Q. What is the prize for the contest?
A. V.I.P. backstage passes to the concert.

Q. What is Lucille making?
A. She made a memory book filled with pictures from concerts.

Q. What did the first person in line do with Carrie’s letter?
A. She did a cross-stitch of one of her letter’s sentences.

Q. With which Carrie Grace stories did Julia connect from the letter?
A. She connected with the sad story about Carrie’s dog and the story about Carrie’s struggle with math.

GOOD QUESTION

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.

Q.

Tell a story from the Bible that shows you that God understands the hard times that people go through.

A.

The stories that can be shared might be:

Jesus wept. He was sad when his friend Lazarus died. He also needed time to be alone to pray. Jesus was abandoned and betrayed by his friends.

In the Old Testament, Biblical heroes had many struggles and God still used them.  Abraham and Sarah did not believe in God’s promises, Jacob was a liar, Elijah was very scared and depressed, David was a warrior king, Ruth was an outsider, Samson was a hothead, and many others fell short but God lifted them up.


SO WHAT?

Dive into God’s letter today. Remember that God is the main character of His story. What favorite story can you reread today that shows you something new about God? In your own personal devotions or with your family, what new story can you explore?
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