Bible Texts:

Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-15, Luke 4:1-13

 

Children's Bible Story sources:

"The Temptations in the Wilderness," DK Children's Illustrated Bible, p.204

"Tempted," Spark Story Bible, p.248 

"Jesus in the Desert," DK Children's Everyday Bible, p.224

"Jesus Pleases God," The Early Reader's Bible, p. 315

 

Children's Story Resources

The Funny Little Woman retold by Arlene Mozel pictures by Blair Lent

One day one of the funny little woman's dumplings rolls down a hole. The funny little woman follows the dumpling and ends up in a strange place underground lined with Jizo (guardian statues). The Jizo warn her not to go after the dumpling because of wicked oni (monsters) who live there, but she does anyway. An oni grabs the woman and takes her in a boat across a river to the house of the oni. What will she do? How will she get home?

How these stories are connected: The oni and the devil are mean characters who want the woman and Jesus to do things they don’t want to do. Keeping sight of good humor and being kind can help us resist the urge to do things we shouldn’t.

 

Questions about The Funny Little Woman:

     What did the funny little woman love to do?

     How did she get under the earth?

     What did the oni want her to do?

     Why didn't she want to stay there?

     Who helped her get back into the house?

 

Questions about the Bible story:

     What was Jesus doing in the wilderness when the devil came to him?

     What did the devil want Jesus to do?

     Why didn't Jesus do what the devil said?

     How did he make the devil leave him alone?

 

 Questions about our lives: 

     What should you do if someone is mean to you?

     Who helps you when people are mean?

 

 Prayer

Dear God, thank you for everyone who is kind to us. Help us to be kind to others, even when people are not kind to us. Help us do the things that make you proud. Amen.

 

 

 

The Missing Piece Meets the Big O by Shel Silverstein

The missing piece sat alone
waiting for someone
to come along
and take it somewhere....

The different ones it encounters - and what it discovers in its helplessness - are portrayed with simplicity and compassion in the words and drawings of Shel Silverstein.

 

Questions about The Missing Piece Meets the Big O:

     Why didn’t the Big O take the missing piece?

     What did the missing piece do about it?

     Was it easy or difficult? Why?

 

Questions about the Bible story:

     What did the devil want Jesus to do?

     Why didn't Jesus do what the devil said?

     How did he make the devil leave him alone? 

 

Questions about our lives:

      How is struggling good for us?

 

Prayer

Dear God, thank you for helping us grow and be people who make a difference for one another and the world. Help us be the kind of people who make you proud. Amen.