1 John 3:1-7
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1 John 3:1-7
By Lois Parker Edstrom
Pictures of animal mothers and babies:
photos of baby opossums on mother’s back
In the animal world we find many examples of how mothers care for their young. A baby elephant need a lot of care. It is born almost blind and, for a time, discovers the world by using its trunk. The baby elephant’s mother chooses other female elephants to help care for her baby. They walk beside the baby elephant to help it along and protect it when the herd travels. A baby elephant stays with its mother until it is about sixteen years old.
Kangaroo babies are very small when they are born – about the size of a lima bean. They crawl into the mother’s pouch where it is warm and where there is a milk supply and stay in her pouch for many months.
An unusual mother is the opossum. After her young are born she puts them on her back where they can be with her at all times. The babies hang onto her strong tail by wrapping their tails around hers.
Let’s talk about the ways your own parents show their love and care for you. (Ask the children for examples.) We can easily think of the good food they provide for you to eat, clothes that keep you warm, your comfortable bed, and cozy home. Their love for you is deep and never ending. Think about how they care for you when you are sick and comfort you when you are frightened or discouraged. The list could go on and on…
The Bible teaches us about that deep kind of love. Listen to this verse: “Behold, how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!” (3:1).
God’s love for us is like the best and deepest kind of love a mother or a father has for their children. We are called the “children of God and that is what we are.”
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan