Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Greater than I
By Lois Parker Edstrom
Object suggested: A cooking pan with handle or a ladle to approximate the Big Dipper
Picture of Big Dipper
Pictures of Milky Way
Pictures of Southern Cross
Do you like to look at the night sky and see if you can spot the first star to appear? As the sky becomes darker more and more stars are visible. The Milky Way is like a brush stroke of stars across the sky and is so large that it can’t be measured.
Have you ever seen the Big Dipper? It is one of the most easily recognized groups of stars. In some countries this group of stars may be called the Drinking Gourd, the Plough, or the Casserole.
Seven stars form the Big Dipper and the shape looks something like a cooking pan with a curved handle. (Show picture.) The two stars on the front part of the Big Dipper, opposite the handle, always point to the North Star. Sailors sometimes use these stars to find their way when they sail in the ocean. In the southern hemisphere a group of stars called the Southern Cross points south and helps sailors in that part of the world navigate the ocean.
Looking into the night sky can make you feel very small. Have you felt like that? All of the vast beauty we see in twinkling stars, soft clouds, and silver moonlight was created by God who is greater than all of that.
When John the Baptist came to tell the people about Jesus he said, “I indeed baptize you with water, but he comes who is mightier than I…” (3:16).
We may sometimes feel small, but God’s love and power is great. His love will point us in the right direction and help us make the best choices.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan