EDITOR’S NOTE: This column features lessons and sermons for children from Annette Dammer’s book “Ready, Set, Go!”
The point of it all
Moms are God’s gifts to many of us. Others received loved ones with a motherly love.
A bundle of flowers.
If you have a small church, bring a flower for every mom. At least try to have one for the newest mom in your church, the mom with the most children, the pastor’s wife, and so on. Let the kids make the deliveries. If you can’t give flowers, substitute something else such as a cake or a baggie of inexpensive chocolate candies tied with a teabag for each mother. The kids could write a verse on squares of construction paper.
Treat yourself to one of God’s gifts – perhaps a sunset with an iced tea and lemon. Why not pray and then write your own mom a note thanking her for the good gifts she gave you? Even the “toughest” mom may have imparted a sense of humor, strength, or some other character quality. If your mom has passed on or isn’t in your life, you might want to write to someone who was a mom to you.
Make whatever you decided to give the moms, such as chocolates tied with a teabag. If you want, the kids can do this in Sunday school.
Verses to pray on
John 19:25-27 — “Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus therefore saw His mother; and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, ‘Woman behold your son!’ Then He said to the disciple, ‘Behold your mother!’ And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home.”
Ready, set, go!
I want to thank all of the moms that brought you here today and all of those that love you that brought you here today. When you add in all the meals and washed clothes and hugs and kisses — well, we’re pretty blessed aren’t we?
(Alter to your life.) Sometimes in life with a special aunt or teacher who felt like a mom. I’ve always been blessed by my grandmother. She was a second mom to me. (Who can you share about? Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are really tough for some kids. What could you say today that would really minister to them?) God always knows who I need.
In fact, God is always showing us how much He loves us. He sends people to love and care for us. How can we share God’s love? (Pause.)
I have an idea! What if we thank our moms — and those who love us like a mom — by sharing God’s love? One clear night next week, make a date with your special person. Take a blanket outside and share the stars. Pick some lovely flowers from a field or make a card. God shows us His love and He wants us to share it!
Share God’s gifts with those you love. And share yourself, because God made you, too.
Let’s pray. (Ask a child to pray or use the following.) Father, you make it clear day after day how much You love us. Help me remember to share Your love. Amen
Annette Dammer is a columnist, teacher, former children’s minister and author of the book “Ready, Set, Go! A Year of Object Lessons.” This column includes lessons from her book. The e-book is available for free at www.smashwords.com/books/view/1045891. You may reach her at email@example.com