Hello, kidSTART Friends!
It’s love month! It’s love month! I love love month. All those hearts. All the pink, red and purple. And all that chocolate. Oh wait, that’s not what love month is all about. Love month is about showing the people around us how much we really do care. Or, in the new lingo, that we <3 them. We love them.
No matter how much love and how many <3s we shower on our favorite people, it will never be anything compared to the love that Jesus has for us. Jesus’ love is immeasurable. It’s wide and long and high and deep. It’s forever. It’s huge. It’s awesome. It’s what we want our preschoolers to know about this month.
We’re going to tell some love stories this month. No, not the Hallmark channel ones—the real ones from the Bible. The ones that show us how much Jesus loves us. We’ll start with two parables that Jesus told to show us how much we are loved. The first week is the story of the lost sheep. That shepherd searched and searched until he found the lost sheep. That shepherd loved his lost sheep just as Jesus loves us. Then, we’ll tell the parable of the prodigal son. No matter how many bad choices the younger son made, the father in the story still loved him. And, Jesus loves us no matter what too.
In weeks three and four, we’ll tell two stories from the life of Jesus. Week three is the story of the Centurion, the mighty soldier whom Jesus helped just by speaking. Jesus loves us and will use His power to help us. Finally, we’ll tell the story of Mary and Martha, two of Jesus’ friends. Jesus was friends with them, and He wants to be friends with us too—forever! Jesus wants to be our friend forever.