WHAT YOU NEED:
Washable marker, soap, water, Bible
What You Do
Read Romans 8:38-39 out loud.
Say, “NOTHING can make God stop loving us. But sometimes, when we mess up, it can make us feel like God won’t love us anymore.
“I want you to take this marker and write on the back of your hand. Write down something you feel like could separate you from God’s love. Maybe it’s something you did a long time ago. Or something you did today! Just a couple of words to represent that thing.”
Give your child a few moments to think and write. Help them with spelling, if they need it. Or give them privacy if they seem like they don’t want you to see what they wrote. Once they’re finished, say, “Now I want you to wash your hand with soap and water. Scrub, scrub, scrub until you can’t see what you wrote anymore.”
As your child washes their hands, make sure they get all the marker off. Then say, “Just like you can’t see what you wrote anymore, when God looks at you, He doesn’t see any of your mess-ups. He sees the awesome kid He made and loves. NOTHING can separate you from His love!”
Talk about the Bible Story
Paul wrote these verses as part of a letter to the Romans. How do you think the Romans felt when they first read Paul’s words? Why?
What makes you sure that God will always love you? (Knowing that He sent Jesus for you, reading verses like these in the Bible)
When you feel separated from God, what could help you feel close to Him? (Praying, reading the Bible, talking about Him, listening to worship music, walking in nature, creating art, etc.)
Parent: Share about a time when you felt far away from God’s love. What did you do? How did you overcome how you felt and believe that God loves you no matter what?