Hello to all the kids of Trinity! I hope your 2017 is off to a great start. I am never able to stay up to celebrate at midnight on New Year’s Eve. That’s OK. I went to bed when it was 2016, and when I woke up it was 2017. Happy New Year!
A lot of people make New Year’s resolutions. That’s a fancy word for making a promise that you’ll try to do something you should be doing, or try not to do something you know you should avoid. Some grownups make resolutions to lose weight, to stop eating junk food, or to stop looking at their phones so much. Here’s a good one for you and me. Why not make a resolution to read from your Bible at least once a week?
I’ll even help you get started. Do you have a Spark Story Bible? If you are between Pre-Kindergarten and the second grade, you should have a Spark Story Bible. (If you don’t have one, ask one of our pastors.) If you are third grade or older, you should have received a Bible in third grade. (You can also ask our pastors about that if you need one.)
Look up the story about the mustard seed. It’s found in Luke 17:5-6. This is a story about faith; faith is the belief a person has in God. A group of Jesus’ followers asked him how to grow their faith. Jesus pointed to a big tree and then pointed to a teeny, tiny mustard seed. He said that even if their faith was as tiny as a mustard seed, they could tell that big tree to get up and walk to the sea and plant itself there. And the tree would do it. Wow! That’s a strong faith!
That’s how powerful our faith can be. Even when we feel discouraged, our faith in God is powerful enough to get us through the most difficult times. Our God is that big and that loving. Take a look at the picture of a mustard seed next to a penny. That’s a tiny seed. So even if your faith feels small some days, don’t worry. God has enough love to make our faith grow.
Stay warm, be sure to read your Bible, and don’t forget my motto: Paws for Jesus!