Children’s Sermon

Luke 4:1-13

Food for the Soul

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: A pyramid food chart or you might want to prepare a display of actual food, representing the various food groups.
Pyramid Food Chart

Today I’ve brought along a food chart that teaches us about the foods our bodies need to be healthy. You can see, from looking at the chart, we need to eat many different kinds of food. Colorful foods are especially good for you.

At the top of the chart there is a small space for foods such as olive oil or butter. As we look down the chart we see spaces for foods such as milk and cheese, and a little meat and beans. Toward the bottom, the spaces on the chart become larger and are filled with lots of fruits and vegetables. The bottom section of the chart teaches the importance of eating grains found in cereal and bread.

When you are healthy you have lots of energy to play and do good work. Jesus reminds us that food is not the only thing that makes us healthy. He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone…” (4:4).

Food keeps our bodies healthy, but we also need to have a healthy spirit. What does this mean to you?

This question may be different for every person, but this is what it means to me. Start by feeding your spirit with God’s love. That makes your spirit healthy, able to give love and receive love from others.

Then we need to feed our spirit by finding something we love to do. For me it is writing, for you it could be many other things. (Personalize this part of the lesson.)Find something that gives you joy. Learn new things. Find something that makes you look forward to each new day.

Be healthy. Be happy. Remember to feed your body and your spirit.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2010, Richard Niell Donovan