Matthew 8:28-9:1; Mark 5:1-20; Luke 8:26-39
"The Gadarene Swine," DK Children's Illustrated Bible, p.221
"The man in the caves,"" DK Children's Everyday Bible, p.253
One snowy night, a fox loses its way, entering a village. Chased away by the grown ups, Fox takes shelter in a greenhouse. A little boy sees this from his window. Without hesitating, he brings a basket of food to the greenhouse, where he leaves it for the fox. His gift is noticed and the night becomes a garden of new life, nourished by compassion and kindness.
How these stories are connected: A young boy’s act of kindness shelters a fox and her kits from a cold winter’s night. The foxes repay his kindness with a special gift of their own. When Jesus displays kindness to the man who lives in the caves, he too wants to respond. One lesson these stories teach is that kindness causes other good things to happen.
Questions about Fox’s Garden:
Why do you think people didn’t want to help the fox?
Why do you think the boy helped her?
What did the foxes do after the boy helped them?
How do you think the boy felt about that?
Questions about the Bible story:
Before he met Jesus, how do you think the man got along with other people?
Where do you think the man was living?
Why do you think Jesus helped him?
What do you think the man did after he was healed?
Questions about our lives:
Who do you think Jesus wants you to help?
How can you help?
Dear God, all people need kindness and help sometimes. Show us the people who need our kindness and help us to be kind to them. Amen.