Hello, friends! How are you all today? Hope it is a wonderful day for you. I really had every intention of getting this up yesterday, but after church we had to stop at Target. It took so long to get through the store and at the end my legs, feet and back were hurting so much that I was in tears. I had to sit down at the pharmacy before we could even go to check out. I was hurting before we went in but walking around the store did not make things better. We ate when we got home and then I took some pain medication, laid down and slept the rest of the day. I got up in time to make dinner (a really easy dinner that took only 15 minutes to make), take my medicine and go back to sleep. I didn't even get the dishes done!
I had four little girls yesterday. I wish I had some boys too, but they are very happy it is an all girl class. 😉 After all girls rule and boys drool. Ha, ha! We had the story of Elijah and Elisha. I find the stories with them hard to teach because I'm forever mixing up their names! But here is the story of Elijah and Elisha.
Elijah was God's prophet. He knew that he would go to Heaven one day and would need someone to take his place. "God," he prayed. "Who shall I choose to take my place?"
"Go find Elisha," God told him. "He will take your place as prophet."
Elijah found Elisha in the field. He had twelve yoke of oxen pulling his plow. When Elijah got close to Elisha, he took his own colak and threw it over Elisha's shoulders.
Elisha bowed his head. He loved Elijah and was honored to take his place. "I don't feel worthy," he whispered. With the prophet's cloak around his shoulders, he left his plow and followed Elijah to become a prophet.
One day after Elijah had gone to Heaven, Elisha went to Shunem. While he was there he met a rich man and woman. "Come, eat with us," they invited.
Elisha went to their home. "Thank you," he said after eating the delicious fruits and other good food. "The meal was so good."
"Come anytime," the couple urged. "We have an extra room just for you."
They gave Elisha his own room on the cool roof. The room had a bed, a stool, a table, and a lamp. It was a special place for Elisha to rest.
"This Shunemite couple is so loving," said Elisha. "I wish I knew what I could do to show my love for them."
"I know," a friend told Elisha. "This lady would like to have a son."
Elisha told the woman, "You shall have a son." God gave them a son.
What a joy the son was to the Shunemite woman. She and her husband loved a prophet of God. In return, Elisha was loving to them. They were God's children.
(based on 2 Kings 4:8-17)
Do you think being loving encourages others to show love to you? How can you show love to those who have shown love to you?
I understand where this story was going with the preschool children, but I thought for myself, do I show love to those who do NOT show love to me? That is so much harder. John 3:16 tells me that God loves the world. He loves the world so much that He sent His Son into the world to die for us. So this gives me a hint that we should love everyone, even if they are not loveable. So very hard to do! I'm not there yet, but I hope I am a work in progress.
Have a wonderful day. The next two days are my annual trek to Lancaster for my Sisters Get-Away. So I will not be around for a few days, but I will for sure be taking pictures to show you what we got up to. See you all later.