In no time at all--with the grandfather's
help--their rooms were cleaned, and they got ready for bed. And as the
grandfather tucked them in for the night, he reminded them of their parents'
love, and told them he had something extra special planned for them
tomorrow, then kissed them goodnight.
As the children drifted off to sleep, there was a loud
just outside the kids' bedroom windows. And
as you can imagine it scared them half to
death! Well, the grandfather heard the noise too and looked out the
window to see what was the matter; then quickly rushed to calm the
screaming children. "It's only the neighbor's
big fat cat!" he chuckled, "Don't be afraid."
Then he kissed the children and tucked them in again.
And soon the children were dreaming of tomorrow's adventure with
This story helps us to understand how the Holy
Spirit--the third person of the Trinity--helps us. Before Jesus returned to heaven, he
promised his followers that they would not be left alone to care for
themselves. Like the parents in our story who sent the
to care for their children while they were away, Jesus told his
followers that he would send a Counselor to watch over them, to help
them obey God and to do his will while he was away.
Read John 14:15-16, 23, 25-27 and John
16:7-8,13 from a child-friendly Bible.
1) How is the grandfather in our story similar to how the Holy
Spirit works in our lives? (Helps us obey God's rules, reminds us to
do the right thing, helps us to do our work, calms our fears, speaks
to God for us, prays for us, and leads us into new adventures.)
2) What does the word Counselor mean? (Sometimes the word counselor
means someone who helps you with your problems. But in this case it
has to do with someone who defends you, like a lawyer in a court of
law. The Holy Spirit is our Counselor, our defender. He helps us when
we're in trouble (1 John 2:1). We are all guilty of breaking God's
law, but when we're in Christ, having asked Jesus to be our Savior and
Forever Friend, only then does the Counselor defend us, pray for us
and keep us safe.)
Rusher activity can coordinate with this
Also see the Holy
Spirit Fire-Dove mosaic lesson and craft activity
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