Compassion. How do we teach children about others when the world teaches them to focus on “me” or “what I want.” The Christmas story shows that one aspect of God’s character is compassion. COMPASSION is caring enough to do something about someone else’s need. God lovingly saw our greatest need and met it in the most remarkable way.
Our 1st-5th grade kids are learning about compassion this month. God’s example of compassion is summarized in the memory verse: “God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIrV) God saw the world’s greatest need and cared enough to do something.
On Sunday we learned about God’s compassionate rescue by sending Gabriel to Appear to Mary (Luke 1:26-33). Gabriel tells Mary that God has seen His people’s need. Immanuel, God with us, is coming to rescue us! Our Bottom Line is God saw our greatest needs. Whose needs do you see? When we slow down and look outside ourselves, we see the needs of those around us.
Our kids were also given envelopes labeled “The Big Give.” They have been learning about the needs of our community: Graystone Walton, school in Haiti, and more sports facilities to reach families for Christ. We encourage them to give to a need on December 16th. They can turn their envelopes in during their worship service.
What a cool thing to teach your child this Christmas!