Bible Texts:

Isaiah 2:1-5

Children's Bible Story sources:

"God Will Bring Peace," Spark Story Bible, p.164 

Children's Story Resources

Those Darn Squirrels! by Adam Rubin, Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri

Old Man Fookwire has it out for the squirrels. They raid his bird feeders and scare away the birds he loves to paint. He plots his revenge...but in the end he gets a big surprise! 

How these stories are connected: These stories help us explore the ways that peace can begin with one person. Each of us has the ability to change our hearts and open ourselves up to the possibility of friendship with anyone, even people we don’t particularly like.


Questions about Those Darn Squirrels!:

     Why did Old Man Fookwire like the birds?

     Why didn’t Old Man Fookwire like the squirrels?

     Why do you think the squirrels kept trying to make Old Man Fookwire like them?

     Do you think they are friends at the end? Why or why not?

     How did the events in the story change Fookwire’s heart?



Questions about the Bible story:

     What is God trying to do with people?

     Why do you think people make weapons to hurt each other?     

     What do you think will have to have in order for them to stop?

     How do you think people can change their hearts toward one another?


Questions about our lives:

     What do we need to change in our own hearts?

     How can we do that?



Dear God, thank you for our lives and our friends. Help us change our hearts so we might see a friend in every person we meet. Amen.