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Philippians 4:1-9

Let Your Gentleness be Known

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Philippians 4:1-9

Let Your Gentleness be Known

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Suggestions: Use all or part of the Winnie-the-Pooh quotes listed below or supply your favorites. Display teddy bears or Winnie the Book books, if available. Winnie the Pooh coloring pages available at:

Do you have a teddy bear? Teddy bears are very soft and cuddly. One famous teddy bear is Winnie-the-Pooh. Perhaps you’ve read stories about that bear.

Let’s list some of the things we know about Winnie-the-Pooh. Please join in and share some of the things you know and love about him.

He is a bear that belongs to a boy named Christopher Robin.

He has a little friend named Piglet.

He lives in a place called The Hundred Acre Wood

He is a “Bear of Very Little Brain”

He loves honey!

Now let’s talk about some of the things that Winnie-the Pooh says:

When he describes his tail he says, “It’s not much of a tail, but I’m sort of attached to it.”

He reminds us to be patient. “If the person you are talking to doesn’t appear to be listening be patient. It may simply be that he has a small piece of fluff in his ear.”

He makes us laugh when he says, “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like ‘What about lunch?'”

He knows how to be a good friend and says, “I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.”

There is something very loveable about Winnie-the-Pooh. Part of why we like him is that he’s funny, but also because he is so gentle.

The Bible gives this advice: “Let your gentleness be known to all men” (4:5). Who would think we could learn a wonderful lesson like this from “A Bear of Very Little Brain?”

Think about what our world would be like if everyone was kind. Find that gentle part of yourself and show it to those around you.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2013, Richard Niell Donovan