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Light of the World (Monday)
Read: Psalm 27:1; John 1:5; 8:12; Ephesians 5:8
Daniella slipped out of bed and tiptoed down the hall to Astrid's room. By the soft glow of a night-light, she could see the blanket-covered lump of her older sister. Astrid snored softly. Daniella climbed onto her bed and crawled under the covers.
"What scared you this time?" Astrid asked in a sleepy voice.
"My night-light isn't working, and it's really dark in my room." Daniella shivered.
"Do you want to know what I do when I'm scared?" Astrid turned to face her sister.
"Sing?" Daniella guessed. Astrid knew all the words to the newest songs.
Astrid laughed. "Well, that helps, but not as much as when I pray."
"What do you pray for?"
"I ask Jesus to help me remember that He is my light. In the Bible, Jesus said He is the light of the world."
Daniella snuggled up closer to her sister. "But Jesus won't really shine a light into my bedroom, will He?"
"He'll do even better," said Astrid. "He will remind you that His light shines in your heart. Then you will know He is always with you and, no matter how dark it is, you don't have to be scared."
When morning came, Daniella forgot all about her nighttime fears. She didn't even remember to change the bulb in her night-light. But the next night, a noise woke Daniella up, and her room was pitch black. Why didn't I ask Mom to change that lightbulb? she thought as she pulled the covers close around her.
Daniella thought about rolling out of bed and sneaking into her sister's room. Then she remembered what Astrid had said. So Daniella decided to pray. "Please, Jesus, I need Your light. Help me know you're with me."
The room stayed dark and scary, but Daniella kept praying. "Jesus is the Light of the World. Jesus is the Light of the World. Jesus is the Light of the World..." Soon she was asleep.
The next morning, Astrid asked Daniella how her night went.
"Well," said Daniella, "at first I was scared, but then I talked to Jesus and fell asleep!" Astrid smiled. "It's good to know that the Light of the World is always with us!" -Bonnie Carr
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Are you ever frightened by the dark? Do you imagine scary things lurking in the shadows? Do you know that Jesus is the source of all light, all goodness? Jesus shines brightly in all the dark spaces. His light has defeated darkness, and if you trust Him as your Savior, He is always with you. When you feel afraid, talk to Him. Listen to what He says in His Word, the Bible. Remember that His light is always shining on you.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: John 8:12 (NIV) (KJV)
I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.
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Life’s Thorns (Part 1) (Tuesday)
Read: Romans 15:2, 5-7
"At church, Miss Linda sent us home with a challenge to do this week," Grace said. She handed her mom a piece of paper. "But I'm not sure how to do it."
Before Mom could read it, three-year-old Alina ran in from the porch, her cheeks wet with tears. "Mommy, look at my finger! That flower hurted me!"
Mom set the paper aside to check Alina's bleeding finger. She wiped away the blood, kissed the sore spot, and put a bandage with bright flowers over the wound. "Remember, sweetie, those rosebushes have thorns."Smiling, Alina went back outside.
Mom picked up the paper Grace had given her. "Find a hurt and heal it, find a need and fill it," she read. "That's a good challenge. Have you thought of some hurting or needy people?"
"A few, but I don't see how I can possible heal anybody!" said Grace."That's what doctors do, not kids like me."
"Didn't Miss Linda talk to the class about different kinds of hurts?" Mom asked.
"Well...yeah, but I didn't really get it," said Grace.
"As Alina learned, rosebushes have thorns that can hurt you,"said Mom. "And in a way, life does too. Like thorns, difficult situations may cause hurts--things like disappointment, sadness, or anxiety. Those are the kinds of hurts we can help heal."
Grace sighed. "I know there are lots of hurting people. Like Juliette--her parents are getting a divorce. And Easton's older brother is in jail for selling drugs. Brynlee's dad lost his job, so she never has money to do anything after school. They're all hurting, but what can I do to help? I'm just a kid."
"Think about Alina. I didn't really heal her finger, but I think I helped heal her pain a little by giving her a lot of love," said Mom. "That's the kind of thing you can do too. Since you know Jesus, you can share His healing love with others. Find a way to encourage those kids and make their day brighter. Best of all, you can point them to Jesus, the one who really can heal their hurts."
"Okay," Grace said thoughtfully. "I'll do that."
-Barbara J. Westberg
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you know someone who is hurting? How can you show them God’s love and care? By inviting them to sit with you at lunch? Listening to what they have to say? Letting them know you’re praying for them? Pray and ask God to show you what you can do to help those who are hurting. Don’t expect to solve all their problems—just being there for them can help point them to the healing love of Jesus.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Peter 3:8 (NKJV) (KJV)
Be of one mind, having compassion for one another.
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Life’s Thorns (Part 2) (Wednesday)
Read: Proverbs 3:27-29; John 15:13; 1 John 3:16
"Hey, Grace, did you do anything yet for our Sunday school challenge?" Presley asked as the girls walked home from school. "It's Thursday already, and I still haven't helped heal anybody who's hurting or needy." Presley shrugged."Guess I'll just have to tell Miss Linda I'm not a very good doctor."
Grace hesitated. "I talked with Juliette and tried to make her feel a little better about her parents getting divorced, but...I don't know." She changed the subject. "How did you do on that math test?"
"Terrible," said Presley. "I got a seventy-three."
"It could be worse. Iheard most of the class failed," Grace replied. "Some kids said Lily didn't get a single problem right! I overheard them laughing about it."
"I guess she isn't very smart," Presley said. "She doesn't have many friends either. I think--" Presley stopped in the middle of her sentence. She took a deep breath. "Grace, how would you feel if you always got bad grades and all the kids laughed at you and you didn't have any friends?"
Grace blinked. "Are you thinking what Ithink you're thinking?" Presley nodded her head solemnly.
Grace sighed. "A hurting person who needs friends--my mom would say she's been hurt by life's thorns. Well, all right. We could see if she wants to come and study with us tonight."
"Yeah, but being her friend just one evening won't do it," Presley said. "When you broke your leg last year, it took a long time to heal. I'm sure it will take a while for Lily's hurt feelings to heal too. She needs friends who will be there for her for more than just one night."
"That's true," said Grace. "Temporary friends aren't really friends anyway. Real friends are friends all the time."
Presley nodded. "Here's Lily's house now. Let's go and invite her over."
As they walked up on the porch, Grace had a thought. "My mom told me that Jesus is the only one who can really heal people's hurts. By being Lily's friends--her real friends--we'll be pointing her to Jesus because He's the best friend anyone can have."
"Right," said Presley as she rang the doorbell. "Let's show her that Jesus wants to be her friend." -Barbara J. Westberg
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you know someone who needs a friend? Are you willing to be that friend? Being a real friend—a friend like Jesus—doesn’t just last a day or two. As today’s Key Verse says, a friend loves at all times. Be a friend like that—a friend who’s willing to listen, encourage, and help day in and day out. Trust Jesus to help you be the kind of friend He is so you can point others to Him.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Proverbs 17:17 (NKJV) (KJV)
A friend loves at all times.
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The Most Important Race (Thursday)
Read: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
"I signed up for three races at the Apple Blossom Festival," Kali announced at dinner. "I really want to win one of them!" She had tried before, but hadn't won anything. I'm sure I'll do better this year, she thought. I've been running all winter.
Kali did do well. In her third event, she came from behind two other girls and won the race! "Well done," said the mayor as he gave her a blue ribbon and placed a wreath of apple blossoms on her head. Then a local newspaper reporter had the winners all pose for a picture.
But the excitement of the festival didn't last very long. The next day, the booths were taken down and business went on as usual. As for Kali's wreath..."Oh!" she wailed. "My wreath is wilted and limp already!" She sighed. "I practiced hard for so long, but I wonder if anybody even remembers I won it."
"Well, they'll still see your picture in the paper today," said her brother Seth. "Besides, you had the fun of winning."
"Yeah," said Kali. "But nothing lasts forever."
"Some things do," said Dad. "The apostle Paul compares living our lives to running a race, and he talks about winning prizes." He took a Bible and opened it. "Why don't you read it for yourself, Kali? Start here."
Kali read the verses. "Well, Paul says we should run in a way that will help us get the prize, and I did that at the festival. But I guess the wreath I won is the type of crown he talks about that doesn't last long."
"That's right,"Dad said. "Like your wreath, the crowns we earn in this world--things like money, power, or success--don't last. But the crown Jesus earned for us--eternal life with Him--will last forever." Dad smiled at Kali. "Paul tells us to keep our eyes on the prize and be diligent as we run the race of life. We need to stay strong in our faith and trust Jesus to use us to help more people know Him."
"Because there won't be just one winner like in the race Kali won, right?" asked Seth. "That's right," said Dad. "Everyone who trusts in Jesus will share in His eternal reward." -Linda Weddle
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Have you won a ribbon or a trophy in a contest? Perhaps that award is now hanging on your wall or standing on your bookshelf. It’s exciting to win something, especially if you’ve put a lot of time and effort into it. But don’t forget you’re running another kind of race too. Jesus promises those who trust in Him the greatest reward of all—eternal life! Live in a way that points others to the reward you have in Jesus so they can have it too.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: James 1:12 (NIV) (KJV)
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
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A Matched Set (Friday)
Read: 1 Peter 1:13-16
"Has anyone seen my turquoise bracelet?" asked Demi. "I don't want to wear my turquoise necklace without the bracelet. They're a set."
"Big deal," scoffed Demi's brother Ben.
"You'll have to find it later," said Mom. "It's time to leave for church now."
"Wait! I think I remember where it is." Demi dashed into her room and came out with the bracelet. "I forgot I had put it on the bookshelf by my bed when Iwas reading. Now I'm ready to go," she said, slipping the bracelet on her arm. She paused and admired a small turquoise ring on her hand. "My ring and necklace and bracelet are a matched set."
"What does that mean? What's a match set?" asked her little sister.
"Matched," said Demi as they went out to the car. "These all have matching turquoise stones. Since they're alike, they match each other--they all go together."
After church, Demi was eager to tell her parents about the lesson her class had that morning. "I showed Mrs. Peters my ring and bracelet and necklace. I told her they're a matched set, and she said I should show the whole class because that's a lot like what God wants for His children."
Ben was skeptical. "He wants us to have jewelry?"
Demi laughed. "No--He wants us to match Him! We're supposed to be like Him."
"Be like God!" exclaimed Ben. "We can never be like God. We can't control nature or do miracles like He can."
"That's true, Ben," said Dad. "We could never be as great or powerful as God. But there is a way we can match God--at least a little."
"That's what Mrs. Peters said." Demi twisted the ring on her finger. "She said God is making us become more like Jesus. He helps us be more kind and loving and refuse to do wrong things. Stuff like that."
"Yes," Dad said. "Jesus has freed us from the power of sin, and the Holy Spirit helps us obey His teaching and makes us more like Him each day. God is holy and righteous. We want to match Him as closely as possible. Right, Ben?"
"Yeah, okay," Ben agreed. "I guess we can match Him in some ways."
-Carolyn E. Yost
HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do your words and actions match up with Jesus’s example in the Bible? He was always loving, kind, and thoughtful of others. He treated people with respect. He cared for those who were poor, sick, and suffering, and He helped them. And He never, ever sinned! Even though we’re not perfect, the Holy Spirit is making us more like Him. Trust Him to help you turn from sin and follow Jesus’s example.
TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Peter 1:16 (NKJV) (KJV)
Be holy, for I [God] am holy.