Love Your Enemies...

     This past Sunday kicked off my first official week as a Christ St. Paul's full-time staff member!  I am beyond excited to finally begin spending my days planning for and working with the children of CSP to help them to continue to develop their relationship with the Lord. 

     After spending time on February 11th, learning about and making the commitment to 'Love Like Jesus,' this past Sunday we focused on 'Loving our Enemies.'  This is a concept that is often very challenging to adults and children alike.   Through Jesus' teaching on the Mount, we learned that God wants us to love and pray for our enemies and those that make our lives hard.  Many times, it is much easier to seek revenge or respond to evil with an insulting slap but as Christians, we are encouraged to respond in love and prayer.  The children made one of their final Epiphany symbols, a cut out of their hands.  On their cut out, each child wrote some of their prayers.  These hands are a reminder of our need to pray and love our enemies.  When visiting Ms. Lori's room, I had the special opportunity to witness first hand the art of loving those who have made your life challenging.  Two of our youngest members had a disagreement.  As I entered the room, they were apologizing to one another and were hugging to offer love and forgiveness.  This lesson came from the teachings in Matthew 5:38-48.

     This Sunday in KidZone, we are going to study Matthew 17:1-9, the Transfiguration.  We are going to go on a journey with a caterpillar, a butterfly, Jesus, Peter, James, John, Elijah, and Moses.  This Sunday we will also be making our final symbol and putting together our mobile.  Come and join us at 10am to see what a caterpillar and Jesus have in common!