The word this week is faithful.
“The Word of the Lord is right and true; He is faithful in all He does.” Psalm 33:4
Simeon, Anna and Horton?
Pull out Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hatches An Egg and you will read a fanciful tale of an elephant who shows courage and patience, trust and faithfulness. I meant what I said and I said what I meant; an elephant’s faithful 100 percent.
Open God’s Word to the Gospel of Luke and you will find Simeon and Anna, in the temple, holding the baby Jesus, and proclaiming that God has been faithful to bring a Savior. These two had been waiting for God to show himself faithful to Israel, and when they saw the baby Jesus, they knew who He was. They take him in their arms and worship God for keeping His promise, by sending this baby Jesus.
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Dear God, Thank you for being faithful and keeping your promises to us. Help us to be faithful in keeping our promises to you. Amen.
The best way to teach your child about God’s faithfulness, is to keep your own promises and trust in God! Just like Simeon, Anna (and Horton), be patient and courageous; wait for God to do his work and praise him when he shows himself faithful.
Toddlers – Focus on God’s Word
Get out your children’s bible and read the story of Simeon in the temple with baby Jesus. Talk about how how great it is that God keeps his promises! Help your child recite Psalm 33:4 one line at a time: The word of the Lord is right and true. He is faithful in all he does.
Age 3-Kindergarten – The Faithfulness Jar
- Find a jar and label it the “Faithfulness Jar”.
- Talk with your child about what it means to be faithful and how God is always faithful (remember Simeon, Anna and even Horton).
- Every time your family experiences God’s faithfulness (an answered prayer, unexpected blessing, provision, guidance etc.) take a moment with your child to write it down on a piece of paper and put it in the jar.
- Each month, take a moment to sit down with your family and read through all the times God was faithful!
- At end of the year, you might want to have a big celebration as you read of the many times God showed himself faithful to your family.