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2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Living in Peace

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2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Living in Peace

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Providing a picture of the abandoned monkey and the pigeon mentioned in this children’s sermon will greatly enhance the lesson. It is available at these two sites:

In China a baby monkey became separated from his mother and was very weak when some people found him and took him to an animal shelter. The workers at the animal shelter fed him and cared for him. He gained strength and his health improved, but he acted very sad.

Then a lovely thing happened. He made friends with a white pigeon. The little monkey and the pigeon spend a lot of time together. (Show photo.)

We would not think that a monkey and a pigeon could be friends. They are quite different from each other. In this case the baby monkey felt all alone and reached out to the pigeon. The pigeon was not afraid of the monkey and allowed him to be close. The two became friends and this helped the monkey overcome his sadness. We can learn a lot from animals.

In the Bible the Apostle Paul reminds us to “live in peace, and the God of love and peace will be with you” (13:11).

Even though we are all different in many ways, we are all God’s children. We see much that is not peaceful in our world, but you and I, each one of us, can find a way to share friendship with others and live in peace.

The wonderful thing about learning to live in peace with others is that God’s Spirit of love and peace will be with you and how can anything be better than that?

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan