Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Lord, you have made so many things! How wise you were when you made all of them! The earth is full of your creatures.
In my town, we are experiencing one of the wonders of nature. The 17-year cicadas have arrived. These cicadas emerge from the earth every 17 years to sing, mate, lay eggs and die. The new generation of cicadas then falls from the trees, burrows into the earth, and hides and the next 17-year cycle begins. While adults complain about the noise and the mess, children are filled with wonder at these miraculous visitors.
Our scientific culture and rational minds are not programmed for wonder. Instead we analyze, rationalize, measure, weigh, and squeeze the wonder right out of the miracles of nature. We would do well to look at our world with the eyes of a child. We would also do well to help our children expand their wonder from creation they see to the awesome God who created the heavens and the earth.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Why did Chamy accompany Grandpa to the nursing home in Bakerville?
A. So that she could fulfill her school service requirement.
Q. What happened on the way home?
A. Grandpa's truck broke down.
Q. What did Chamy and Grandpa talk about as they walked home?
A. Grandpa talked about the wonder of God's creation, while Chamy maintained her belief in evolution.
Q. What did Liz and Morrie find in the woods?
A. Granny's dog, Baxter.
Q. Why was Baxter acting so weird when Liz and Morrie found him?
A. She was going to have puppies.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Who created our world?
God did. The Bible never questions how the world came into being—God did it. And, God sustains and controls creation (Mark 4:41, Colossians 1:16, 17). We can learn much about God by looking at creation. In fact, Christians understand creation to be part of God’s revelation of himself (Romans 1:20).