The Life Inside
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The Life Inside
By Lois Parker Edstrom
Objects suggested: Pictures of trees. Tree leaves or branches. If you are in a room with a view of trees, point them out to the children.
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Do you ever lie on your back and look up through the branches and leaves of a tree? What a beautiful sight. Perhaps you’ve climbed a tree.
There are many kinds of trees; let’s talk about trees that are familiar to you. (Personalize this segment by discussing trees that may be familiar to the kids.)
Yes, some produce flowers and others produce fruit such as apples, cherries, oranges, and plums. Forests are made up of evergreen trees and some, like redwood trees, grow very tall. Other types of trees, such as the maple and oak, turn bright colors and drop their leaves during the autumn season.
When we admire trees we may notice their branches that sway in the breeze. We see the color and shape of leaves and, if we’re close to the tree, we may reach out and feel its interesting bark.
Have you ever thought about what’s inside a tree? Yes, we find wood, but also a fluid called sap. Sap is a liquid that carries water and food to all parts of the tree. Sap gives the tree life. The sweet syrup we pour on our pancakes comes from the sap of a sugar maple tree.
Have you ever thought about how we are nourished and fed from the inside? God said, “I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh” (2:17).
What this means is that, after Jesus had gone to heaven, God sent the Holy Spirit to live in each one of us. We can think of the Holy Spirit as God’s Spirit of Love that gives us what we need to grow and become a more loving person. We can think of the Holy Spirit as that which gives sweetness to our lives. God pours out His Spirit to all of us; to live inside each one of us.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2010, Richard Niell Donovan