Entries by Kathy Graves

April 21 – Samuel in the Temple

When God calls, we answer. But, wait. How do we know if God is calling to us? I like to think about it like this. If my teacher calls on me in class, I know it’s her because of her voice, her placement in the class (standing up front most likely), and what she looks like. My teacher has things about her that define her. God has those things too.  Just different.

With our example teacher, all of the ways we define her are physical things: voice, where she is standing, and what she looks like. With God, it’s a little different. My simple definition of the God I believe in is love.

Let me give you an example. We at Mayflower stand up for the earth. We protect her as much as we can, and would like to do more. Our hearts tell us to protect the earth because it’s one of the most loving things we can do. It’s a loving thing to do. God is love too! When we feel like doing something loving, we are listening to God– this God that’s main definer is love.

When God calls on us to love, make sure to answer!

April 16 – Story of Ruth

Today we learn about love. Love is the most important. When we are sad. Love. When we are hurting. Love. When we are bored. Love. When we happy. Love. When we are scared. Love. When we are angry.  Love.  When we feel alone. Love. Love can change us. Love can change the world. Love your friends. Love your family. Love your neighbor. Love those you don’t know yet. Just love!

April 15 – Ten Commandments

Today’s story is about the ten commandments.  And, God gives us a bunch of rules to follow, well 10.  I wanted to tell you a little about these rules, overall.  And, the most important thing to say about them is that we are not perfect!  It’s ok to make mistakes.  And, we all might understand these rules a little differently.  For instance, in the video, I talked about how not worshipping other God’s might mean not worshipping money or politics (humans in power).  Sometimes, we can make things really important in our lives and that can be really hard when those things let us down.  I hope you think about these commandments with your family and talk about them.  I would love to hear your thoughts about it.

April 10 – Jesus is Betrayed

Today is Good Friday, a holiday we commemorate (mark as a special day) in the Christian Calendar.  At Mayflower, we call Good Friday Sorrowful Friday because it is the day that Jesus is caught by Roman soldiers and taken away from his friends.  It’s a hard day because we know that Jesus won’t see his friends again.  And, his friends will really miss him!  In this story, Jesus mentions that his life will end.

Talking about death can be really hard.  We don’t think about it often because we usually focus on living!  But, today’s story does bring it up.  If you have questions about what happens to Jesus in our story today, make sure to ask your parents questions, reach out to a pastor at church, or you could read/ have an adult read to you Waterbugs and Dragonflies: Explaining Death to Children by Doris Stickney.

April 9 – Last Supper

In today’s story, we learn about Communion.  When Jesus eats with his disciples for the last time, he breaks bread for them and also shares grape juice with him.  When we do it at church every month, this is why!  Kinda cool, right?

Also, Jesus does this thing where he washes his disciples feet in this story.  Can you imagine that?  These a folks that walk all over the place in sandals!  Jesus wanted to show how much he cared by doing something that was pretty gross at that time, like touching someones feet.  This was Jesus’ way of showing just how much he loved his friends, and how much he cared about them.

I wonder in what ways you show your friends that you care about them.  What makes you a good friend?

April 8 – Mindful Movements Part 2

Today, we’ll get to learn the ten movements! This has reminded me to move my body more these days. I’ve been doing the movements. And, Archie (my dog) and I have been doing a lot of running. We both love to run. Being outside is really important, right now especially! When Archie and I run, we make sure to give everyone a lot of space. And, I like to smile at people if I’m not wearing a face mask. Running and smiling bring me so much joy!  I wonder what outdoor activity or body movements bring you joy.

April 7 – Mindful Movements Part 1

Moving can be spiritual.  Moving our bodies can be an act of faith.  I don’t know about you, but I needed that reminder during this time of being at home a lot!!  For the next two blogs, we’ll learn about a set of ten mindful movements that a Buddhist monk named Tich Nhat Hanh created.  The first video tells us who this guy is.  And, the second video shows us what the movements are.  Hope you enjoy!