Virtual Sunday School: May 10, 2020
Note: The transcript of the video posted to Facebook appears first; the activities mentioned in it are below the transcript.
I hope everyone is doing well. Don’t forget — this Sunday is Mother’s Day! With the activities I posted on my children’s blog entry this Sunday I included a special Mother’s Day coloring page. So, if you still need a present for your mom, grandma or other special woman caregiver in your life, you have one you can make yourself.
This week’s theme is “God Cares for You.” In this week’s Gospel, Jesus describes heaven as a place with “many rooms.” God has so many rooms because God cares for each of us so much. I’m going to read a passage from Matthew which talks about God’s care for us. It’s chapter 6, verses 25-34. If you like to follow along, I’ll give you a moment to get there. While we wait, I’m going to talk a bit about the translation I’m using. I’m going to read from a translation called the Common English Bible. I like it because it uses down-to-earth, clear language. I’ll post a link in the blog entry so you can find it online if you want to explore more.
25 “Therefore, I say to you, don’t worry about your life, what you’ll eat or what you’ll drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are? 27 Who among you by worrying can add a single moment to your life? 28 And why do you worry about clothes? Notice how the lilies in the field grow. They don’t wear themselves out with work, and they don’t spin cloth. 29 But I say to you that even Solomon in all of his splendor wasn’t dressed like one of these. 30 If God dresses grass in the field so beautifully, even though it’s alive today and tomorrow it’s thrown into the furnace, won’t God do much more for you, you people of weak faith? 31 Therefore, don’t worry and say, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ 32 Gentiles long for all these things. Your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore, stop worrying about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
In this passage, Jesus reminds his disciples how much he cares for them — and in so doing, reminds us how much he cares for each of us! After you’ve read it (and you may want to read it more than once) I invite you to sit down with your parents and siblings and reflect on the following questions. As you read and reflect, I encourage you to keep in mind that everyone needs someone to care about and for them — even us grown-ups.
I’m going to hold each question in front of the screen, and give you a few moments so you have a chance to pause the video and discuss.
- I wonder what Jesus meant when he said life is more than food and clothing?
- I wonder what causes you to feel worried or scared?
- I wonder how other people care for you?
- I wonder how you care for other people?
Activities to further your reflection on this important topic are included in this week’s post. A link to that post is included with this video.
Thanks for watching! Please call or write if you want to share your wonderings, or even just to say hello! I have virtual office hours on Tuesday mornings and Wednesday afternoons, or I am available many other times by appointment.
Take care, guys!