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JULY 25 & 26

PRESCHOOL-ELEMENTARY LESSON - July 25/26

This weekend, July 25/26, our activities include talking about things that are set apart and making some silly rules! God keeps his Covenants!

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Don't miss watching these fun videos! And check out this week's blessing below!

Preschool/Pre-K/Kindergarten

1st-5th Graders

BLESSING
Ask your children to hold out their hands to receive this blessing you read over them. A blessing implies a future hope, so speak these words with hope for your children!

Gather your family in a circle, then lead them in a call and response.

Leader: God freed His people from slavery and brought them into their new home.

Children: God never fails!

Leader: God parted the Red Sea.

Children: God never fails!

Leader: God fed His people in the desert.

Children: God never fails!

Leader: God brought them into the Promised Land.

Children: God never fails!

Leader: God won the land for them.

Children: God never fails!

Leader: We can rest in the promise that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Children: God never fails!

Open a Bible and read Joshua 21:45:

Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.

May you know that God never fails. He will keep His promises to you, because He is faithful, and He never changes.

JULY 18 & 19

PRESCHOOL-ELEMENTARY LESSON - July 18/19

This weekend, July 18/19, our activities include talking about things that are set apart and making some silly rules! God keeps his Covenants!

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Don't miss watching these fun videos! And check out this week's blessing below!

Preschool/Pre-K/Kindergarten

1st-5th Graders

BLESSING
Ask your children to hold out their hands to receive this blessing you read over them. A blessing implies a future hope, so speak these words with hope for your children!

Encourage the kids to hold their hands in front of them, palms up. Then

Open a Bible and read Romans 5:1–2:

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.

Speak these words of blessing over your family:

May you rejoice in the knowledge that God loves you and offers you a relationship with Him. He keeps his promises. May you live a life set apart to display to others the great things He has done for you.

JULY 11 & 12

PRESCHOOL-ELEMENTARY LESSON - July 11/12

This weekend, July 11/12, our activities include a fun game of tunnel tag and some sidewalk chalk drawings of the AMAZING events in The Big God Story! God is our Rescuer!

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Don't miss watching these fun videos! And check out this week's blessing below!

Preschool/Pre-K/Kindergarten

1st-5th Graders

BLESSING
Ask your children to hold out their hands to receive this blessing you read over them. A blessing implies a future hope, so speak these words with hope for your children!

Encourage the kids to hold their hands in front of them, palms up. Then open a Bible and read Psalm 139:1–5:

You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.

Then, speak this blessing over your family:

May you always remember that God has a plan for your life and that He is in control. May you find peace in knowing He will lead you wherever you go.

JULY 4 & 5

PRESCHOOL-ELEMENTARY LESSON - July 4/5

This weekend, July 4/5, our activities include making a plan for an adventure and executing that plan - all to teach your kids how God has a Plan!

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Don't miss watching these fun videos! And check out this week's blessing below!

Preschool/Pre-K/Kindergarten

1st-5th Graders

BLESSING
Ask your children to hold out their hands to receive this blessing you read over them. A blessing implies a future hope, so speak these words with hope for your children!

Encourage the kids to hold their hands in front of them, palms up. Then open a Bible and read 1 John 2:25:

And this is what he promised us—eternal life.

May God guide your steps. May you know His love, His blessing, and that His words are always true.

JUNE 27 & 28

PRESCHOOL-ELEMENTARY LESSON - June 27/28

This weekend, June 27/28, our activities include taking a nature walk and painting rocks - all to teach your kids God is Creator!

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Don't miss watching these fun videos! And check out this week's blessing below!

Preschool/Pre-K/Kindergarten

1st-5th Graders

BLESSING
Ask your children to hold out their hands to receive this blessing you read over them. A blessing implies a future hope, so speak these words with hope for your children!

Encourage the kids to hold their hands in front of them, palms up. Then open a Bible and read Psalm 89:1:

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.

May God remind you that He is the Creator, eternal and good. May you know He invites you to be a part of The Big God Story today and forever.

JUNE 20 & 21

PRESCHOOL-ELEMENTARY LESSON - June 20/21

This weekend, June 20/21, our activities include interviewing your family and creating an obstacle course - all to teach your kids how God's Son Changes Everything!

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Don't miss watching these fun videos! And check out this week's blessing below!

Preschool/Pre-K/Kindergarten

1st-5th Graders

BLESSING
Ask your children to hold out their hands to receive this blessing you read over them. A blessing implies a future hope, so speak these words with hope for your children!

Encourage the kids to hold their hands in front of them, palms up. Then open a Bible and read 2 Corinthians 5:17:

If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

May you be changed by God sending His Son. May you be transformed by knowing Jesus came to earth, died, and rose again for your sake. May you give your life completely to Him, because He changes everything.

JUNE 13 & 14

PRESCHOOL-ELEMENTARY LESSON - June 13/14

This weekend, June 13/14, our activities include blowing up a balloon using vinegar and baking soda and shaping things out of play dough - all to teach your kids how God's Spirit Changes Everything!

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Don't miss watching these fun videos! And check out this week's blessing below!

Preschool/Pre-K/Kindergarten

1st-5th Graders

BLESSING
Ask your children to hold out their hands to receive this blessing you read over them. A blessing implies a future hope, so speak these words with hope for your children!

Encourage the kids to hold their hands in front of them, palms up. Then open a Bible and read Ephesians 3:16–19:

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledgethat you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Finish with the following blessing:

May you be filled with power from God’s Spirit to know how wide and long and high and deep Jesus’ love is for you. May you see God’s power at work in you, in our church, and in your conversations with those who don’t know Jesus yet, so that they can hear your story and believe in Him.

JUNE 6 & 7

This weekend, June 6/7, our activities include washing your cars and bikes together, and building cup pyramids - all to teach your kids how God Restores Relationship!

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Don't miss watching these fun videos! And check out this week's blessing below!

Preschool/Pre-K/Kindergarten

1st-5th Graders

BLESSING
Ask your children to hold out their hands to receive this blessing you read over them. A blessing implies a future hope, so speak these words with hope for your children!

Encourage the kids to hold their hands in front of them, palms up. Then open a Bible and read 1 Corinthians 15:57–58:

Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Invite your children to stand up, plant their feet, and put their fists on their hips in a “You can’t knock me over” stance. Then bless them with the following words:

May you know that Jesus has defeated sin and death so you can have a relationship with Him. May you be blessed with the joy and hope that comes from knowing Him.

MAY 30 & 31

EXPLORE
During Explore, your kids engage in fun, creative activities designed to pique their curiosity about the day’s portion of The Big God Story.

During this Explore activity, make a calendar of fun things you want to do this week!

Supplies

  • Calendar - use your own family calendar or the printable HERE
  • Something to write or draw with

Take out the calendar and ask your kids what things they would like to do this week - what would be things you could do that will be memorable? What are things you could do that will be important to do? Think about what kinds of pictures you took last week - look through them on your phone - looking at the calendar you planned, what will you probably take pictures of this next week?

We write things down on a calendar often times because we need to remember them, or because they are important. As we watch the Big God Story video today, we are going to remember what happened to Jesus in his last week on earth. It may seem like we just talked about this on Easter, but Jesus' love for us is so important and something we want to always remember, so we are going to talk about it again this week.

CONNECT QUESTION: Ask each person in your family, When was a time you did something for someone special that you care about?

 WORSHIP TOGETHER & THE BIG GOD STORY

Preschool/Pre-K/Kindergarten

1st-5th Graders

READ Matthew 26:1-56 from a Bible in your home. The Jesus Storybook Bible also retells this story well.

RESPOND
During respond time, kids reflect on what the Holy Spirit is teaching them and respond through creative activities and games.

For preschoolers...

  • What are some of the feelings you saw in today's part of The Big God Story? Let's make those faces together.
  • God made a promise long ago to send a Savior - who is that Savior?
  • What is something you always want to remember about Jesus?
  • What could you tell other people about Jesus?

For elementary...

  • How would you have felt if you’d been one of the disciples who saw the crowd come to arrest Jesus? Luke 22:47–53
  • What does compel mean? (You may need to look it up!)
  • What did Jesus pray for in the garden? Luke 22:42
  • How does it feel to know Jesus went through many hard things because He loves you?

Blessing Jar

Supplies

  • Jar or container
  • Slips of paper
  • Pen or pencil

God's love for us was shown through Jesus' death and resurrection! He loves us SO much, and that should make us want to share his love with others! 

Write down the names of people you know on the slips of paper - this might be relatives, friends, neighbors, even your mail person or other people you encounter regularly! 

Each day that you think of it (until you run out of names), draw one name out of the container. Then do something to bless that person, and show God's love to them or directly tell them about God's love! It might be a phone call or texting a video, or leaving a special gift for them where they can find it! Make sure to tell them that Jesus loves them, and you do too!

BLESSING
Ask your children to hold out their hands to receive this blessing you read over them. A blessing implies a future hope, so speak these words with hope for your children!

Open a Bible and read Psalm 105:1–3:

Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Speak this blessing over your family:

May you have great joy as you remember that Jesus died on the cross to pay for your sins. May God’s amazing love compel you to tell the world about what He’s done.

MAY 23 & 24

This weekend is what we call a "Remember & Celebrate Weekend" in KidsWorld! It's when we take a pause and remember all we have learned about who God is and celebrate all that he is to us and has done for us. The lesson looks a little different, but we hope it is a way for your family to connect and to remember and celebrate together!

EXPLORE
During Explore, your kids engage in fun, creative activities designed to pique their curiosity about the day’s portion of The Big God Story.

During this Explore activity, think about who God is and what that means as you pray to him.

Supplies

Over the last few weeks, we have explored many truths about who God is and what he has done. Because of our trust in who God is and what he has done, we know when we go to him in prayer, we can confess our sins and say "I'm sorry," we can honor him with our words and say "I love you," we can ask him to work in areas of need and say "please," and we can certainly say "thank you" for all he has done!

Think about the truths we have learned about God and, using the provided printable as a guide, write down or draw things you could pray for as a family. Display your prayer page on your refrigerator or in another place your family will remember to continue to pray in praise and request.

Truths we have learned about God:

  • Jesus Loves You and Me
  • Jesus is King
  • Jesus is Compassionate
  • God is Near
  • Jesus Restores
  • Jesus is Life

 WORSHIP TOGETHER & THE BIG GOD STORY

Preschool/Pre-K/Kindergarten

1st-5th Graders

1st-5th graders, it's time to play ZONK! On Remember & Celebrate weekends, our 1st-5th graders play a game show type game called ZONK together! 
How to Play ZONK
ZONK Questions

RESPOND
During respond time, kids reflect on what the Holy Spirit is teaching them and respond through creative activities and games.

For preschoolers...

  • The Bible says that God is faithful to us. What are some ways that God has been faithful to you?
  • Who made the way for us to be with God forever?
  • How would you like to thank God today?
  • Would someone like to say our Remember Verse for us? What do you like about this verse? What have you learned about God from this verse?

For elementary...

  • What is something you have recently prayed to God for? How has God answered your prayers?
  • Have you been afraid of something and asked God to help you? Can you tell the story about that?
  • What is something really special or exciting that God has done in your life recently?
  • What is something you have learned about God in the past month and how does it change the way you live or what you believe about yourself or other people?

Chalk Truths

Supplies

  • Sidewalk chalk

Write and draw all of the truths about God we have learned on your sidewalk and driveway! Think of how encouraging they will be to people out enjoying the weather this week! You might even draw parts of the stories about Jesus we learned together, and write the verses for those stories.

Truths we have learned about God:

  • Jesus Loves You and Me
  • Jesus is King
  • Jesus is Compassionate
  • God is Near
  • Jesus Restores
  • Jesus is Life

BLESSING
Ask your children to hold out their hands to receive this blessing you read over them. A blessing implies a future hope, so speak these words with hope for your children!

God has given us so many good things. Many of those things we’ve remembered and celebrated together during this time! Today, give a
blessing to the person on your left. When it’s your turn to bless the person next to you, turn to him/her and say, “God loves you very much, and you are a part of His big story.”

MAY 16 & 17

EXPLORE
During Explore, your kids engage in fun, creative activities designed to pique their curiosity about the day’s portion of The Big God Story.

Rise to the Top

Only God has power over life and death. He was able to raise Lazarus. Kids will see how common elements, when mixed together, create gas. With a little patience, the payoff for the children will be seeing the raisins rise!

Supplies

  • Clear glass jar or other clear container
  • water
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking soda
  • 6-8 raisins

Pour water into the glass container. Add the baking soda and stir. Let your kids add the raisins. With each step, ask: What do you see? Is anything happening?

Once you’ve added the vinegar, small bubbles of carbon dioxide will form around the raisins. The gas in these bubbles will cause the raisins to rise to the surface of the water. When the carbon dioxide has been released into the air, the raisins will sink back to the bottom of the container.

  • What happened to the water when we added the vinegar? (It caused bubbles to form.)
  • What happened to the raisins when the bubbles began to form? (The raisins rose/floated to the top of the water.)
  • What happened to the raisins when the bubbles popped? (They sank to the bottom.)

It’s the gas in the bubbles that makes the raisins rise to the surface. Without this gas (carbon dioxide), the raisins are not able to rise and will remain at the bottom of the container. 

Optional coloring activity: Lazarus Flip Flap Book or Psalm 147:5 coloring page

CONNECT QUESTION: As a family, discuss this question: If you could hang out with one person who isn’t alive anymore, who would it be?

WORSHIP TOGETHER & THE BIG GOD STORY

FOR PRESCHOOL/PRE-K/KINDERGARTEN

FOR 1st-5th GRADES

READ John 11:1-45 from a Bible in your home.

RESPOND
During respond time, kids reflect on what the Holy Spirit is teaching them and respond through creative activities and games.

For preschoolers...

In this part of The Big God Story, we heard just how powerful God can be in our lives. God made you special. He gave you everything you have so other people can see His love and power in your life.

  • What do you think Lazarus said when he came out of the tomb?
  • What do you think the people did after they saw Jesus’ power bring Lazarus back to life?
  • Why do you think that Jesus brought Lazarus back to life?
  • Who did the people tell about Jesus after He did this?
  • What does this show us about Jesus’ power?

For elementary...

  • Why did Jesus bring Lazarus back to life? (John 11:4, 41–42)
  • How would you have responded if you had seen Lazarus raised from the dead? (John 11:43–45)
  • Why is it important to know Jesus has power over death? (Ephesians 2:1–5)
  • What are some ways we need Jesus’ power in our lives?
  • Have you decided to follow Jesus so you can live forever with Him? If not, would you like to?
  • If your child would like to engage more in exploring surrendering their life to Jesus, please watch THIS VIDEO with them and discuss. If they do put their faith in Jesus, please let us know by clicking the "My Kids Just Put Their Faith in Jesus!" link on the left of this page!

Engage: Tunnel Tag

In The Big God Story, Jesus told His friend Martha, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die." (John 11:25–26). After that, when Jesus told a man named Lazarus to come out of the tomb, Lazarus got up and walked out alive! Let's play a game of tunnel tag and remember, every time someone crawls out, that Jesus brought Lazarus back to life.

Select one person to be "It." Encourage her to move around and tag the other children as they try to get away from her. Whenever someone is tagged, he has to stand still with his feet wide apart and cannot move until someone else crawls through his legs. Repeat with various people taking turns being It.

BLESSING
Ask your children to hold out their hands to receive this blessing you read over them. A blessing implies a future hope, so speak these words with hope for your children!

Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die” (John 11:25). Invite children to stand with you and lead them through these motions while you say this verse together.

I am: point to chest.

the resurrection and the life: crouch down and then pop back up.

The one who believes in me: point to chest.

will live: Jump up.

even though they die: crouch down.

Then, invite the children to jump up again as you say, “Jesus is life!”

Speak this blessing over your family:

May you know that Jesus is life. May you believe He made the way for us to be with Him forever.

MAY 9 & 10

EXPLORE
During Explore, your kids engage in fun, creative activities designed to pique their curiosity about the day’s portion of The Big God Story.

Blind Drawing

Supplies

  • Blindfold
  • Paper
  • Markers, pencil, or pen 

When Jesus healed the blind man, the man experienced things in a whole new way when he had his sight.  Draw a picture “blind” and “with sight.”  Each person will put a blindfold on and try to draw something – you can make a suggestion, like cat, person, dog, house, etc.  Then have them take the blindfold off and draw the same thing with sight.

Optional coloring activity: Psalm 147:5 coloring page

CONNECT QUESTION: As a family, discuss this question: When was a time you played in the mud or got really muddy?

WORSHIP TOGETHER & THE BIG GOD STORY

FOR PRESCHOOL/PRE-K/KINDERGARTEN

FOR 1st-5th GRADES

READ John 9 from a Bible in your home.

RESPOND
During respond time, kids reflect on what the Holy Spirit is teaching them and respond through creative activities and games.

For preschoolers...

In this part of The Big God Story, we heard just how powerful God can be in our lives. God made you special. He gave you everything you have so other people can see His love and power in your life.

  • How do you think the man felt when he saw his friends and family for the first time?
  • How do you think the man felt when he saw Jesus?
  • When does God show His power?
  • How does God want to show His power in our life?

For elementary...

  • What does the word restore mean?
  • How did Jesus’ healing show He was the Messiah? John 9:31–33
  • Why do you think Jesus used mud to heal the blind man? John 9:6
  • How does God restore us today?
  • Is there a place in your life where you need God’s restoration? What is it?

Create: Restored

SUPPLIES

  • Psalm 80:19 printed on cardstock or paper (Print HERE, or write it out)
  • tape

ENGAGE

God created us to be in perfect relationship with Him. But all people sin. Even so, God wants to fully restore the relationship between Him and His people. God is powerful, and he wants to use his power to restore us.

Read Psalm 80:19; Psalm 51:12; and Psalm 71:23 out of your Bible. Then discuss:

What do these verses tell you about God? How does it make you feel to know that God wants to restore you to perfect relationship with Him?

Show your kids Psalm 80:19 printed out.  Have them tear the paper in half.  They can even tear more pieces if they would like to.  Tell them God wants to restore the broken places in their lives to wholeness. Encourage them to tape together the pieces of paper to mend and restore it back to one whole piece. This symbolizes God restoring their hearts and lives.  Hang this up in your home as a reminder. 

Isn’t it amazing how God restores us? Even better, He restores each one of us so we can play a part in His story. We have a role in carrying out His plan to save and redeem the world. So we get to take part in God’s restoring too.

BLESSING
Ask your children to hold out their hands to receive this blessing you read over them. A blessing implies a future hope, so speak these words with hope for your children!

Encourage your family to hold their hands in front of them, palms up. Read the Remember Verse over the children (you may choose to read through the Scripture more than once as God’s Spirit leads you):

“Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. Psalm 147:5.”

Then bless your children with the following words:
(Child’s name), may you see God’s great power every day of your life.
Then bless your family with these words:
May you follow Jesus each day. May you always remember that God made you, and He loves you. May the people who don’t yet know Jesus see His love and power in your life.

 

MAY 2 & 3 

EXPLORE
During Explore, your kids engage in fun, creative activities designed to pique their curiosity about the day’s portion of The Big God Story.

Will it Float?

Supplies

  • Container filled with water
  • Objects to experiment with – they may float or sink. Examples: toothpick, penny, paperclip, apple or orange, water bottle, rock, wooden block, lego… 

Experiment with things that will sink or float. Make a guess as to if different objects will sink or float, and then put the objects on the water to see who guessed right!

Optional coloring activities: Jesus Walks on Water Spot the Differences or God is Near coloring page

CONNECT QUESTION: As a family, discuss this question: Would you rather use a raft to float on a river, a pool, or the ocean?

WORSHIP TOGETHER & THE BIG GOD STORY

FOR PRESCHOOL/PRE-K/KINDERGARTEN

FOR 1st-5th GRADES

READ Matthew 14:22-36 from a Bible in your home.

RESPOND
During respond time, kids reflect on what the Holy Spirit is teaching them and respond through creative activities and games.

For preschoolers...

In this part of The Big God Story, the disciples learned that Jesus was near to them. Peter was afraid during the storm, but Jesus saved him. God is always near, and we can trust Him.

  • What are some things we can trust God for today?
  • Why can we trust God?
  • What are some ways God shows us that he is near to us?

For elementary...

  • How do you think the disciples felt in the middle of the storm? Matthew 14:24; John 6:16–18
  • How would you have felt if you had been Peter stepping out onto the water? Matthew 14:28–29
  • Why did Peter start to sink? Matthew 14:30
  • Why can hard times be a good thing sometimes? Job 23:10
  • When you feel like God is not near, how do you reassure yourself that he is? How can you still know that he is near?
  • Does anyone want to share a story about experiencing God being near? Tell us about it.

Create: Letters of Encouragement

SUPPLIES

  • paper to make cards and letters
  • markers, crayons or other coloring and writing utensils
  • envelopes and stamps, or take pictures of your drawings to text or email to people!

ENGAGE

Today talked about how Jesus and Peter walked on water. Even though Jesus was there with him, Peter still became distracted by the storm. When he took his eyes off Jesus, he was in danger—sinking into the stormy sea. But, of course, Jesus was so close to Peter that Jesus only needed to reach out His hand and save him. Peter’s struggle is similar to the struggles we have in our lives. Even though our struggles might be scary, we know God is near. We can have faith that He is always with us.

Look up and read the following passages: Psalm 57:1–2; Psalm 136:1; Psalm 139:1–6; Psalm 34:17–18. Then discuss: What do these verses tell us about God? How do we know God is near? How can these verses help us trust God? How do you need God to be near you?

Using the supplies you have, write letters and make cards of encouragement for people you think might need them right now. You might even make one for yourself! Write or draw some words of encouragement about how God is near. Think of truths about God, such as “God loves me” or “God is with me.” 

Mail the cards or letters, or take photos of them and send them electronically to friends and family, or a local nursing home that is accepting photos. We have some of those facilities listed on our website at https://ccclife.org/sccommunityimpact/

BLESSING
Ask your children to hold out their hands to receive this blessing you read over them. A blessing implies a future hope, so speak these words with hope for your children!

Encourage your family to hold their hands in front of them, palms up. Open a Bible and read Hebrews 12:2 and Psalm 123:1:

Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven.

Now close their eyes and picture Jesus Christ, seated on His throne, looking at you with love.

May you know that God is near you in hard times. May He give you patience, peace, and joy, and may your faith grow as you keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.