The grandkids snuggled with Grandma as they read the God book. When Grandma was done reading to her grandchildren, Uri had a serious question, “Grandma, will God always love me?” Grandma gave Uri a big hug and told him that God would always love him.
Eva asked, “Will God still love me when I am sad?” Grandma told Eva that even Jesus was sad sometimes. The Bible tells us that Jesus wept, that’s a lot of crying.
Eli asked, “Will God love me when I am happy?” Grandma told Eli that Jesus went to parties like weddings. Jesus wanted the people to be happy at the wedding.
Lucas asked, “Will God still love me when I am afraid?” Grandma told Lucas that Jesus had friends who were afraid, and Jesus helped them through their fear. And even Jesus prayed to his Father in the garden when He was sad and afraid.
Matthew asked, “Will God still love me when I am mad?” Grandma told Matthew that once Jesus overturned the tables in the temple because he didn’t like that people had turned the church into a marketplace with buying and selling.
Lilly asked, “Will God still love me if I forget about him?” Grandma told Lilly that Peter pretended like he didn’t know Jesus. Jesus still loved Peter, and Peter went on to lead many people to Jesus.
Eli asked, “Will God still love me if I am poor?” Grandma told Eli that Jesus talked to people about the poor and that He loved them very much and wanted them cared for.
Willow asked, “Will God still love me if I have friends who are different?” Grandma told Willow that Jesus loved ALL people. He healed the sick, made the blind see, gave the deaf hearing. Jesus also told the story of the Good Samaritan who helped a man who was different when others would not have helped. There was another time when people were angry with Jesus because he ate with a tax collector. They thought Jesus should not have this kind of person as a friend.
Judah asked, “Will God still love me if I do some “bad” things?” Grandma told Judah about a story from Jesus. It was about a son who left his father’s house and did lots of things that were not good. But when he came home his father still loved him.
Lucas asked, “Will God still love me if I forget to pray and don’t go to church?” Grandma told Lucas a story from Jesus about a shepherd. One of the shepherd’s sheep had wandered away, and the shepherd could not find the sheep. The shepherd left all the other sheep to go and search for that sheep that was lost.
Matthew asked, “Grandma, does God love All children?” Grandma told Matthew how Jesus loved the little children. When the people told the children not to bother Jesus, Jesus told the people, “Let the children come unto me.” Jesus loves children of all colors, shapes, and sizes.
Uri asked, “Will God still love me when I am asleep in my bed?” Grandma told Uri that Jesus is always with us and always loving us. Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
“I love you, Grandma.” Grandma hugged Uri tight and said, “I love you too Uri and all of you so much (Grandma looked at each grandchild with love in her eyes)." Grandma continued, " Jesus loves you; this I know – for the cross, it tells me so! He will never leave you or forsake you.”
Written for my grandchildren during the virus,
April 10, 2020