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  • Writer's pictureJonathan George

Zoo Clue

Kids Bible Devotional for January 4, 2024

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Focus Verse

I Thessalonians 2:7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: (KJV)

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No kidding – you are loved!

Do you ever like to play make-believe? It’s fun to pretend sometimes. But, when it comes to caring for someone, or being cared for, you want it to be real, right?

Think about those in your life that REALLY love you – your natural family, your church family, your true friends and most of all, God. Knowing there’s someone in your life who truly cares for you gives you a lot to be thankful for.

Today's Devotion

“Look, Daddy! Aren’t they the cutest things you ever saw?” Angie tugged on her father’s hand, pulling him closer to the Plexiglas window at the zoo’s tiger display. She eagerly pointed to the tiger cubs that bounced behind the graceful strides of their mother.

Dad bent down next to Angie. “They certainly are cute. But not as cute as my little Angie.” He drew her close and tickled her stomach.

Angie giggled. “Oh, Dad. Stop it. Can’t we take one home?”

“I’m not sure there’s room in our new house. Besides, what would your mom say?” Angie’s dad was just elected pastor of a small church in town. Her mom insisted that Dad take Angie to the zoo for the day so she could finish decorating the house just the way she liked it.

“Come on, Dad,” Angie begged. “I’m sure she’d love it once she saw it. She already said I could have a pet after we get settled.”

Dad ruffled Angie’s hair. “She said we can talk about you getting a new pet.”

Angie drooped. “But they’re so cute. I want one, Daddy.”

“Let me ask you a question, Angie,” Dad said. “Would you like it if someone here thought you were cute enough to take home?”

“No sir.” Angie shook her head. “I would be away from you and Mommy.”

“That’s right. It’s the same for these little cubs. God gave that mama tiger these cubs to care for just like He gave you to your mother and me. And I bet they want to stay with her as much as you want to stay with us, right?”

Angie’s faced beamed. “More than anything.”

“You know, it’s the same for our new church. God called me to be their pastor. I’m to nurture them as my children in the Lord. We’re blessed that they’ve accepted us, and I’m looking forward to being a part of their walk with God for many years to come.”

“I do like our new church. Everyone is so nice, and they give me candy and stuff.”

Her father laughed. “That’s good. So why don’t you and I leave the cubs to their mother and see if we can find some ice cream? How’s that sound?”

“Oh, boy!” Angie clapped. “That sounds better than candy!”

Wrap Up

In the first sixteen verses of I Thessalonians chapter 2, Paul reminded the church of Thessalonica how they were nurtured as a nurse cares for a baby or a father his child. You are blessed if you have parents that love you and take care of you. You are doubly blessed to have a pastor who preaches truth and is concerned that you make it to Heaven.

Why not tell your parents and your pastor how much you appreciate what they do for you?

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