It is always interesting to teach children about Abundance and being “provided”. Due to their innocence and unfiltered view of the world, kids are not only great teachers of spiritual Truth, but they easily grasp the concepts of spiritual lessons when we share them.
One of my favorite stories to share with children is the story of the prophet Elijah who in his travels (he was running away from angry King Ahab), came across a widow who was gathering sticks to make a fire.
He asks the widow for some food, and she tells him that she has only enough food to feed her son and herself, and that they will likely starve after that. In other words, she has just enough for their last meal.
She offers to share it with him, but he says to her:
13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. 14 For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the Lord sends rain upon the earth.’” 1 Kings 17
I have written before about the relationship between giving and the abundance found in daily bread. You can read that blog here.
This simple but powerful lesson about God’s provision is another great lesson for children. It has the wonderful imagery from the Hebrew scriptures of a dry, drought-stricken land where there is no food -AND- the appearance of a seemingly-every-day miracle. One piece of the power in this lesson is that Elijah does not promise her that a giant caravan will stop by and unload enough supplies to last her through the drought. He promises her that her jar of flour and flask of oil will not run out. He promises her “daily bread“.
This is also a wonderful lesson to share when working with young children on doing Treatment for the things in their lives. Especially in our instant-gratification, 24/7 American culture, children can benefit from learning the concept of being provided with “daily bread”.
Children as young as elementary-age can also talk about what it might be like if all the stores in our neighborhoods closed and there was no food. This is what the widow and her son were facing when Elijah asks them to feed him first. What a step of faith this widow took when she used her last bit of flour and oil to feed this man of God.
Her faith is rewarded, though and she and her son survive the long drought as God promised.
The dual spiritual lessons of giving and its relationship to receiving as well as God as the source and substance of all our Good come together to create a wonderful lesson for kids of all ages.
For older kids, the teachings of Florence Scovel Shinn may be introduced as she writes extensively in an easy-to-read style about God as our Source.
As always, these Kids sheets are free to use with attribution.
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