Complete Forgiveness

Reading: Isaiah 1:16-20

Have you ever played in the snow? I used to live in the Northern part of the United States, and every winter the snow would come to fill our streets and yards. Overnight, the world was transformed into a crystal-white play-land. Trees, bushes, and houses looked unfamiliar underneath their blankets. Everything seemed clearer and sharper, as if I were wearing new eyeglasses. Even the air smelled different.

Our mother dressed us in bright pink snowsuits to play outside. The plows would leave tall piles of snow in the school parking lot, which made perfect “mountains” for us to climb and build tunnels and warrens for playing. The snow brought new amusements that couldn’t be done the rest of the year: sledding, skating, and snowball fights.

I no longer live where it snows every winter. The closest impression I receive is when the cotton fields are harvested and left in the fields in large, snow-white blocks to be transported to the cotton gin. Those large white “mountains” of cotton remind me of the snow. But it’s not the same as in my childhood, when every year the snow came and changed my world.

Snow can transform a landscape, can change the way we see things, and can also change the things we do. So, too, does the healing power of God’s forgiveness. After confessing our wrongs to Him and resolving to change our ways, the weight of guilt and shame is dissolved, and we can see the goodness of God around us, urging us on in our service to Him. When God says He will make us white as snow, it is because He knows what snow means to the earth it touches.

For Further Study:

  • Repentance is more than just saying you are sorry ~ it means resolving to change your life so that you will not commit the same sin again. Many people feel sorry for their sin but don’t change their circumstances and habits so that they can do better in the future. Read Luke 3:7-14. When John the Baptist told men to repent, he expected them to prove it through their new works for God. Read also Matthew 12:43-45. What happens when we don’t replace wrong behavior with right ones?

 

  • How was true repentance demonstrated in the lives of these people: Paul (Acts 9:1-31); the Philippian jailer (Acts 16:25-34); the Ephesians (Acts 19:11-20).

  • Is there a habit or problem that you feel sorry for and would like to change? Write it down. Write down when it is most likely to happen. Write down the things or people that influence you in this habit. What can you change about your life so that this behavior can cease? Also, what good thing can you do in place of it?
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On Being Disciplined

Reading: Proverbs 29:15-21

The following story was written by Howard J. Chidley and published in Fifty-Two Story Talks for Boys and Girls in 1914. The book is now in the public domain and can be read free online.

A HINT FROM A CARIBOU

This is an animal-story. It is about a caribou. A caribou is a kind of reindeer, and lives in Canada.

One day a man was out in a stumpy pasture-field beside a woods in Canada, and he saw a mother caribou and her little calf feeding quietly down in a valley nearby.

He was on a little hill some distance away, but the wind was blowing in the direction of the caribou. Presently the mother caribou raised her head, sniffed the air, and looked in the direction where the man was hidden behind a stump. She had caught the scent of a human being. That meant danger to her calf. Soon the mother caribou, leaving her calf in the valley, started in the direction of the man. He slipped from his hiding-place to another stump. On came the caribou till she reached the very stump behind which the man had first hidden. There she smelled the ground, and then a strange thing happened. She called her calf to her, had it smell the ground, too, so as to get the scent of the man. When that was done, she got behind that little caribou and butted it down the valley as fast as it could go. Why did she do that? It was to teach her calf that whenever it got that scent on the air, there was danger, and it must get away as quickly as possible.

Ever after that, even before the calf knew that this scent belonged to a man, or had seen a man, it would run away from it.

Your parents are constantly doing for you what that mother caribou did for her little one. When they tell you that such and such a thing is wrong, and you must not do it; when again they tell you there is danger in going to a certain place, or in chumming with a particular boy or girl, they are again doing the same thing for you. And when they punish you, as that mother caribou did her calf, it is because they know the danger far better than you, and they know that your safety depends upon keeping away from such things.

Then, bye and bye, perhaps, as you grow older, you will begin to see for yourself what the danger meant, just as the little caribou might some day see a hunter for itself. And then you will no longer think your parents cruel or strict; you will be thankful that they were so wise and kind.

 

…what does the Lord your God require from you,
but to fear the Lord your God,
to walk in all His ways and love Him….
And to keep the Lord’s commandments and His statutes
which I am commanding you today
for your good?
Deuteronomy 10:12-13

For Further Study:

  • Read Hebrews 12:7-13. If we want to call God our Father, what must we accept from Him? What is the purpose of discipline?

 

  • The book of Proverbs has a lot of advice from Solomon to his son about discipline. Did you ever think that Solomon was thinking of his grandchildren when he taught his son about discipline? Read Proverbs 17:6 to see how thankful Solomon was for his children and grandchildren. It’s no wonder, then, that Solomon wanted them to please the Lord. Read other verses about discipline in Proverbs 13:24, 19:28, 22:6, and 22:15.

  • When have you received discipline? How did it help you? If you had a child that acted exactly as you act, how would you discipline him or her? Why?
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On Teasing and Cruelty

Reading: Proverbs 26:18-22

Do you like telling jokes and riddles? I do! What is your favorite joke or riddle?

Sometimes we like to tease one another with jokes and riddles. But we should never make fun of each other in order to hurt someone, or try to start fights for our particular enjoyment. It isn’t wise to stir up problems between others. Do you like feeling as if others are laughing at you? Do you like feeling as if everyone is against you?

Today’s verses in Proverbs talk about this particular kind of foolishness, the kind that likes to start problems among others. Sometimes people do this so they can feel in control. Sometimes they do it so that they can feel better about themselves.

“The Boys and the Frogs” was written by Aesop. You can read Aesop’s Fables free on the internet.

THE BOYS AND THE FROGS

Some Boys were playing one day at the edge of a pond in which lived a family of Frogs. The Boys amused themselves by throwing stones into the pond so as to make them skip on top of the water.

The stones were flying thick and fast and the Boys were enjoying themselves very much; but the poor Frogs in the pond were trembling with fear.

At last one of the Frogs, the oldest and bravest, put his head out of the water, and said, “Oh, please, dear children, stop your cruel play! Though it may be fun for you, it means death to us!”

Always stop to think whether your fun may not be the cause of another’s unhappiness.

For Further Study:

  • Read Ephesians 4:29-32. What kind of words should be coming from our mouths?

 

  • Read 1 Timothy 5:2. When a group of young men are together, it’s natural for them to jest and” talk tough.” Likewise, a group of girls together might tease each other playfully. However, there is a soberness and gentleness of heart that young people in God’s family must learn to have with others, especially when they are in mixed company. We must remember to shine the light of Christ upon everyone we meet. Good-natured teasing & playful arguing can quickly turn into hurt feelings. We can’t lead others to Christ unless we show them His love. People will not want to be part of God’s family if that family cannot get along.

  • List the names of all your family members. Also list your three closest friends. Now list three children whom you know, but not very well. Next to each person’s name, list three good things about them. Over the next few weeks, how can you compliment these people for their good qualities?
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Kindness wins over Force

Reading: Proverbs 25: 20-28

These verses seem to be separate, unrelated thoughts until you read verse 28 – “Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit.”

In Solomon’s day, a city without walls might as well have been dead. The walls protected it. The walls gave its citizens security. The walls showed others the worth and power of the city within. How would you feel if your home had no walls?

Now think of a person who cannot control his spirit (his feelings or emotions). His feelings come out and hurt himself and others. He is a danger to himself and others. What are some of the problems listed in Proverbs 25 that are caused by a lack of self-control?

“Sun and Wind” was written by Howard J. Chidley and published in the book Fifty-Two Talks for Boys and Girls in 1914. It is actually the retelling of a traditional fable. Chidley’s book is now out of print but still available free online.

SUN AND WIND

Once upon a time, according to an old fable, the sun and the northwind had a contest to see which could take a man’s coat off the more quickly.

The northwind tried first. It gathered together all its forces in its own corner of the earth, and then rushed forth upon this man who was walking along a country-road. The wind blew and blew, and it seemed as if the traveller’s coat would be blown from his back or torn to tatters. But the harder the northwind blew the tighter the man drew his coat about him, and the wind could not get it off his back. After it had spent all its force it gave up in despair.

Then the sun had its turn. It came out without noise or violence like the northwind. It did not whistle in the treetops nor bluster through the bushes. It did not buffet nor struggle with the man. It just went on pouring forth its heat. And it seemed as if it could never win, any more than the northwind. But soon the traveller took out his handkerchief and wiped the perspiration from his face. Then, before long, he took off his hat. Soon he unbuttoned his coat, and finally he took it off of his own accord. The sun had won the contest against the northwind!

Now, a fable is meant to teach a lesson. The lesson of this fable is that gentleness wins where only strength and rudeness fail. If some one has done you a wrong, the way to deal with him is not to try to “get even” with him, as we say. Nor is the best way to get angry with him and scold him. The Bible tells us that the way to overcome your enemy is to do good for evil, for it says by so doing you will “heap coals of fire upon his head.”

Usually it is the weak people who bluster like the northwind, and storm and brag. Strong people are usually quiet. There is an old saying that “if you are right you can afford to keep your temper, and if you are wrong you cannot afford to lose it.” Be gentle. You will win more that way than by getting angry.

For Further Study:

  • Read Proverbs 25:20-22. What are some of the wonderful things that happen when we have control over our emotions? Think of how sad Jesus felt when He prayed in the garden before His death. Think of how He bore so much pain on the cross. What wonderful things happened then?
  • Think of the things that make you lose your temper, break down crying, or make your heart jump. Can you learn to control your reaction to these things? It takes a lot of practice to become self-controlled. Some people also use the words “self-discipline” – this means it takes learning. How can you learn not to have such strong emotions? What can you pray about this?
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Our Father’s Many Gifts

This song can be adapted and used with many different props.

Tune: London Bridge

 

Our Father gives us many gifts, many gifts, many gifts,

Our Father gives us many gifts,

And one gift is our friends(Show a picture of friends, or many children together)

 

You can also substitute: family, clothes, pets, food, toys, plants, etc.

Many thanks to Pam Lattin for sharing this song!

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Covetousness

Reading: 2 Samuel 12:1-10

The following story was written by Thornton W. Burgess and published in Mother West Wind “Why” Stories in 1915. Now out of print, the book can be read free online.


WHY BUSTER BEAR APPEARS TO HAVE NO TAIL


Peter Rabbit had something new to bother his bump of curiosity. And it did bother it a lot. He had just seen Buster Bear for the first time, and what do you think had impressed him most? Well, it wasn’t Buster’s great size, or wonderful strength, or big claws, or deep, grumbly-rumbly voice. No, Sir, it wasn’t one of these. It was the fact that Buster Bear seemed to have no tail! Peter couldn’t get over that. He almost pitied Buster Bear. You see, Peter has a great admiration for fine tails. He has always been rather ashamed of the funny little one he has himself. Still, it is a real tail, and he has often comforted himself with that thought.


So the first thing Peter did when he saw Buster Bear was to look to see what kind of a tail he had. Just imagine how surprised he was when he couldn’t make sure that Buster had any tail at all. There was something that might, just might, be meant for a tail, and Peter wasn’t even sure of that. If it was, it was so ridiculously small that Peter felt that he had no reason to be ashamed of his own tail.


He was still thinking about this when he started for home. Half way there, he paused, saw that the way to the Smiling Pool was clear, and suddenly made up his mind to ask Grandfather Frog about Buster Bear’s tail. Off he started, lipperty-lipperty-lip.


“Oh, Grandfather Frog,” he panted, as soon as he reached the edge of the Smiling Pool, “has Buster Bear got a tail?”

Grandfather Frog regarded Peter in silence for a minute or two.


Then very slowly he asked: “What are your eyes for, Peter Rabbit? Couldn’t you see whether or not he has a tail?”


“No, Grandfather Frog. I really couldn’t tell whether he has a tail or not,” replied Peter quite truthfully. “At first I thought he hadn’t, and then I thought he might have. If he has, it doesn’t seem to me that it is enough to call a really truly tail.”


“Well, it is a really truly tail, even if you don’t think so,” retorted Grandfather Frog, “and he has it for a reminder.”


“A reminder!” exclaimed Peter, looking very much puzzled. “A reminder of what?”


Grandfather Frog cleared his throat two or three times. “Sit down, Peter, and learn a lesson from the tale of the tail of Old King Bear,” said he very seriously.


“You remember that once upon a time, long ago, when the world was young, Old King Bear ruled in the Green Forest, and everybody brought tribute to him.” Peter nodded and Grandfather Frog went on.


“Now Old King Bear was the great-great-ever-so-great grandfather of Buster Bear, and he looked very much as Buster does, except that he didn’t have any tail at all, not the least sign of a tail. At first, before he was made king of the Green Forest, he didn’t mind this at all. In fact, he was rather pleased that he didn’t have a tail. You see, he couldn’t think of any earthly use he would have for a tail, and so he was glad that he hadn’t got one to bother with.


“This was just Old Mother Nature’s view of the matter. She had done her very best to give everybody everything that they really needed, and not to give them things which they didn’t need. She couldn’t see that Mr. Bear had the least need of a tail, and so she hadn’t given him one. Mr. Bear was perfectly happy without one, and was so busy getting enough to eat that he didn’t have time for silly thoughts or vain wishes.


“Then he was made king over all the people of the Green Forest, and his word was law. It was a very great honor, and for a while he felt it so and did his best to rule wisely. He went about just as before, hunting for his living, and had no more time than before for foolish thoughts or vain wishes. But after a little, the little people over whom he ruled began to bring him tribute, so that he no longer had to hunt for enough to eat. Indeed, he had so much brought to him, that he couldn’t begin to eat all of it, and he grew very dainty and fussy about what he did eat. Having nothing to do but eat and sleep, he grew very fat and lazy, as is the case with most people who have nothing to do. He grew so fat that when he walked, he puffed and wheezed. He grew so lazy that he wanted to be waited on all the time.


“It happened about this time that he overheard Mr. Fox talking to Mr. Wolf when they both thought him asleep. ‘A pretty kind of a king, he is!’ sneered Mr. Fox. ‘The idea of a king without a tail!’


“‘That’s so,’ assented Mr. Wolf. ‘Why, even that little upstart, Mr. Rabbit, has got a make-believe tail.'”


Grandfather Frog’s eyes twinkled as he said this, and Peter looked very much embarrassed. But he didn’t say anything, so Grandfather Frog went on.


“Old King Bear pretended to wake up just then, and right away Mr. Fox and Mr. Wolf were as polite and smiling as you please and began to flatter him. They told him how proud they were of their king, and how handsome he was, and a lot of other nice things, all of which he had heard often before and had believed. He pretended to believe them now, but after they were through paying their respects and had gone away, he kept turning over and over in his mind what he had overheard them say when they thought he was asleep.


“After that he couldn’t think of anything but the fact that he hadn’t any tail. He took particular notice of all who came to pay him tribute, and he saw that every one of them had a tail. Some had long tails; some had short tails; some had handsome tails and some had homely tails; but everybody had a tail of some kind. The more he tried not to think of these tails, the more he did think of them. The more he thought of them, the more discontented he grew because he had none. He didn’t stop to think that probably all of them had use for their tails. No, Sir, he didn’t think of that. Everybody else had a tail, and he hadn’t. He felt that it was a disgrace that he, the king, should have no tail. He brooded over it so much that he lost his appetite and grew cross and peevish.


“Then along came Old Mother Nature to see how things were going in the Green Forest. Of course she saw right away that something was wrong with Old King Bear. When she asked him what the matter was, he was ashamed to tell her at first. But after a little he told her that he wanted a tail; that he could never again be happy unless he had a tail. She told him that he hadn’t the least use in the world for a tail, and that he wouldn’t be any happier if he had one. Nothing that she could say made any difference–he wanted a tail. Finally she gave him one.


“For a few days Old King Bear was perfectly happy. He spent all his spare time admiring his new tail. He called the attention of all his subjects to it, and they all told him that it was a very wonderful tail and was very becoming to him. But it wasn’t long before he found that his new tail was very much in the way. It bothered him when he walked. It was in the way when he sat down. It was a nuisance when he climbed a tree. He didn’t have a single use for it, and yet he had to carry it with him wherever he went. Worse still, he overheard little Mr. Squirrel and Mr. Possum making fun of it. And then he discovered that the very ones who admired his tail so to his face were laughing at him and poking fun at him behind his back.


“And then Old King Bear wished that he hadn’t a tail more than ever he wished that he did have a tail. Again he lost his appetite and grew cross and peevish, so that no one dared come near him. So matters went from bad to worse, until once more Old Mother Nature visited the Green Forest to see how things were. Very humbly Old King Bear went down on his knees and begged her to take away his tail. At first Old Mother Nature refused, but he begged so hard and promised so faithfully never again to be discontented, that finally she relented and took away his tail, all but just a wee little bit. That she left as a reminder lest he should forget the lesson he had learned and should again grow envious.


“And every bear since that long-ago day has carried about with him a reminder–you can hardly call it a real tail–of the silly, foolish discontent of Old King Bear,” concluded Grandfather Frog.


Peter Rabbit scratched one long ear thoughtfully as he replied: “Thank you, Grandfather Frog. I think that hereafter I will be quite content with what I’ve got and never want things it is not meant that I should have.”


For Further Study:

  • Read Colossians 1:9-12. If David could have read these verses before seeing Bathsheba, how would they have helped him avoid sin?

  • What do you wish you could have/own? What are the things you wish you had money to buy? It’s so hard to deny yourself things, but we can’t own everything we want. And today we studied about how miserable David made himself by wanting something and forgetting all the things he already had. What do you already have? What are the things you can focus on being thankful for so that you won’t dwell on the things you wish for?

Brothers and Sisters

As you read today’s story about Moses and his family, think about his sister Miriam.

Reading: Exodus 2:1-8

 

Do you think Miriam ever became annoyed with her little brother Moses?  Do you think Miriam ever got angry with her mother, Jochebed?  Do you think Jochebed and her husband Amram ever argued with one another?  Moses’s family was probably very similar to all families.  They had their ups and downs, their problems and arguments.

 

But when things became hard, Moses’s family had something very special.  They all had faith in God.  This means they believed and obeyed their God.  So, even though Pharaoh said that all the Israelite baby boys had to be killed, Moses’s parents obeyed God and hid their baby.  Miriam obeyed God and watched out for her little brother.

 

The following story was written by Thornton W. Burgess and published in 1913 in a collection of nature stories called Mother West Wind’s Neighbors.  Burgess’s books can be found from used booksellers and free online.

 

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING IN THE WORLD

 

 

Old Mother West Wind came down from the Purple Hills while the dew still lay heavy on the grass.  She turned her Merry Little Breezes out to play on the Green Meadows and then, because she was in no hurry that pleasant morning, she stopped at the Smiling Pool to speak with Grandfather Frog.

 

“Good morning, Old Mother West Wind.  Isn’t this a beautiful morning?” said Grandfather Frog.

 

“It is indeed,” replied Old Mother West Wind, “and there are many other beautiful things, Grandfather Frog.  Do you know, I’ve just seen the most beautiful thing in the whole world.”

 

“Where?” asked Grandfather Frog.

 

“Over in the old briar-patch,” replied Old Mother West Wind.

 

Just then she remembered that the cows in Farmer Brown’s barn-yard had no water to drink, so she said “Good-by” to Grandfather Frog and hurried away to turn the windmill that would pump the water for them.

 

Grandfather Frog sat on his big green lily-pad and watched her go.  “Now what can be the most beautiful thing in the whole world?” said Grandfather Frog to himself.  He looked over the Smiling Pool.  What could the old briar-patch have more beautiful than the pure white water-lilies smiling up at him?  If the briar-patch were not such a long way off, he would go see for himself.  Just then he saw Billy Mink.

 

“Billy!  Billy Mink!” called Grandfather Frog.  “Old Mother West Wind says that she has just seen the most beautiful thing in the whole world, and it is over in the old briar-patch.”

 

“Huh!” cried Billy Mink.  “There’s nothing beautiful in that old briar-patch!”

 

Now Billy Mink is naturally curious.  The more he thought about the most beautiful thing in the whole world, the more he wanted to see it.  So presently he hitched up his trousers and started across the Green Meadows towards the old briar-patch.  On the way he met Jimmy Skunk.

 

“Where are you going, Billy Mink?” asked Jimmy Skunk.

 

“Over to the old briar-patch to see the most beautiful thing in the whole world,” replied Billy Mink.

 

“I’ll go with you,” said Jimmy Skunk, for he had had a good breakfast of fat beetles and had nothing special to do.

 

So, one behind the other, Billy Mink and Jimmy Skunk trotted along the Lone Little Path across the Green Meadows.  Pretty soon they met Johnny Chuck.

 

“Where are you going?” asked Johnny Chuck.

 

Billy Mink and Jimmy Skunk looked a wee bit foolish.  “We’re going to see the most beautiful thing in the whole world, “said Billy Mink and Jimmy Skunk together.

 

“Where is it?” asked Johnny Chuck.

 

“Over in the old briar-patch,” replied Billy Mink.

 

“I’ll go with you,” said Johnny Chuck.

 

So the three, one behind the other, trotted along the Lone Little Path acr5oss the Green Meadows.  As they passed the big hickory-tree, Sammy Jay saw them.

 

“Where are you going?” called Sammy Jay.

 

“To see the most beautiful thing in the whole world,” replied Billy Mink and Jimmy Skunk and Johnny Chuck, and trotted on along the Lone Little Path across the Green Meadows.

 

Sammy Jay scratched his head.  “Now what can there be more beautiful than this blue coat of mine?” said Sammy Jay, for you know he is very vain, oh, very vain indeed.  The more he thought about it, the more sure he was that there could be nothing more beautiful than his handsome coat.  But if there was – Sammy Jay flirted his tail and started to follow Billy Mink, Jimmy Skunk, and Johnny Chuck.

 

Half-way across the Green Meadows they met Bobby Coon and Happy Jack Squirrel.

 

“Where are you going?” asked Bobby Coon.

 

“Over to the old briar-patch to see the most beautiful thing in the whole world,” replied Billy Mink.  “Come along with us.”

 

“No,” replied Bobby Coon.  “I’m too sleepy.”  You see Bobby Coon had been out all night and he could hardly keep his eyes open.

 

But Happy Jack Squirrel said he would go; so the four, Billy Mink, Jimmy Skunk, Johnny Chuck, and Happy Jack Squirrel, one behind the other, trotted along the Lone Little Path across the Green Meadows, and behind them flew Sammy Jay.  Presently they came to the old briar-patch.  It looked just as it had always looked, which really wasn’t beautiful at all.  It was a great, tangled mass of brambles, with ugly-looking thorns sticking out in all directions.  Billy Mink stepped on a thorn.

 

“Ouch!” cried Billy Mink.

 

Jimmy Skunk tried to crawl through between two bramble bushes and scratched his nose.

 

“Ouch!” cried Jimmy Skunk.

 

Johnny Chuck put his head through a little opening, and the briars pricked his ears.

 

“Ouch!” cried Johnny Chick.

 

A crafty old bramble caught in Happy Jack Squirrel’s tail.

 

“Ouch!” cried Happy Jack.

 

Then from the middle of the old briar-patch they heard a voice.  It was Peter Rabbit’s voice.

 

“What are you looking for?” asked Peter Rabbit.

 

Peeping between the brambles, they saw Peter Rabbit in one of his secret hiding-places.  He had a little bundle of clover leaves and was picking out the sweetest and tenderest and feeding them to his little baby brother.

 

“We are looking for the most beautiful thing in the whole world,” said Billy Mink.  “Have you seen it, Peter Rabbit?”

 

“No,” said Peter Rabbit, “I haven’t seen the most beautiful thing in the whole world.  What is it?”

 

“We don’t know,” replied Billy Mink.  “But Old Mother West Wind said she saw it in the old briar-patch.  Come help us find it.”

 

Peter Rabbit sat up for a minute, for Peter has a great deal of curiosity, a very great deal indeed.  He wanted, oh, so much, to join the others and look for the most beautiful thing in the whole world.  Then he looked down at his little baby brother, who was still hungry.

 

“I’ll come pretty soon,” said Peter Rabbit, and once more began to feed sweet, tender, young clover leaves to his little baby brother.  He was hungry himself, but he would not touch a leaf until his baby brother had had enough, and, oh dear, that wasn’t until the very last leaf had disappeared down his funny little throat.

 

Then Peter Rabbit started to try and find the most beautiful thing in the whole world.  He hunted through all his secret little paths and hiding-places in the briar-patch, while the others hunted outside.  They looked here, they looked there, they looked everywhere, but no-where could they see the most beautiful thing in the whole world.  Finally they gave it up.

 

Late that afternoon Grandfather Frog saw Billy Mink sitting on the Big Rock nursing the foot with which he had stepped on the thorn.

 

“Ho, Billy Mink!” called Grandfather Frog.  ‘Did you find the most beautiful thing in the whole world?”

 

“No,” said Billy Mink shortly.  “It wasn’t in the old briar-patch.  There was nothing and nobody there but Peter Rabbit feeding sweet, tender, young clover leaves to his little baby brother.  The briar-patch is the ugliest place in the whole world.”

 

Grandfather Frog smiled to himself as he watched Billy Mink limp away to the Laughing Brook.  He thought of Peter Rabbit feeding all his tender young clover leaves to his baby brother and he smiled again.

 

“Chugarum!” said wise old Grandfather Frog.  “Old Mother West Wind was right.  She did see the most beautiful thing in the whole world right there in the old briar-patch, and Billy Mink saw it but didn’t know it.  And Jimmy Skunk saw it, and Johnny Chuck saw it, and Happy Jack saw it, and Sammy Jay saw it, yet not one of them knew it.  They saw it when they watched Peter Rabbit feed all his sweet clover leaves to his little baby br4other, and it is called ‘love.’”

 

 

 

For Further Study:

 

  • Read 1 Timothy 3:2-7.  If a man wants to be an overseer (elder) in the church, what should his family be like (verse 4)?  Why is this important (verse 5)?

 

 

  • Read Acts 2:41-47.  In what ways did the Christians in Jerusalem live and work together like a family? 

 

 

  • Consider Acts 2:41-47 again.  Does your family do these things?  How can you get better at helping your family in Godly living?  What kind of family would you like to have when you’re older?  How would your family do these things?

 

 

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