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Fire in the Heart

What obstacles do you encounter in your discipleship?

Jeremiah says the love for God's word is like a fire in the heart. Pick out three sentences from today's scripture,
write them down and learn them "by heart." You may want to carry them around with you until you know them.

Prayer is not only talking to God, but also listening for a response. How might a compassionate and loving God
respond to these prayers of the prophet:

Lord, I feel as if you have let me down. Why do you let others laugh at me?

God's response __________________________________________________

Lord, sometimes when I try so hard I fall flat on my face. Where are you when I need you to help me?

God's response ___________________________________________________

Lord, even when I am angry with you, the fire of love for you still burns in my heart.

God's response ____________________________________________________

Take Up the Cross

Every disciple of Jesus must be willing to take up a cross as a sign of love. Choose one of these crosses or add another idea. Tell how you can carry this cross faithfully.

- something I have to do that I don't like

- something about myself that I can't change

- someone I am finding it hard to get along with at this time

- something that needs to be changed in the world

add another idea __________________________________

Living in God's Love

Jeremiah tells us in the first reading that he feels God's word burning in his heart. He listens to God and does what God wants no matter what happens to him.

Play the game "Living in God's Love." The game is patterned after "Musical Chairs." Have the children sit in a circle on the floor. Make a heart from construction paper, craft foam, or clay. Have the children pass the heart around the circle as you play a recording of a song about God's love. Stop the recording at regular intervals. When the music stops, the child holding the heart must share a response to a situation posed to them, telling how they would live in God's Love.

Some examples include: "Someone on the playground pushed you down. What would you do to show you live in God's love?"

"You are waiting in line at the water fountain. Someone comes from behind and cuts in front of you. What would you do to show you live in God's love?"

"You just painted a beautiful picture. Someone tears your paper. What would you do to show you live in God's love?"

Hands of Love

Jesus died on the cross because of his love for us. We can show love for Jesus. Have the children trace one of their hands on a piece of construction paper. Help them cut out them out. Invite the children to draw on their hands one way they can show love, such as setting the table, picking up toys, helping others. Place these handprints in the shape of a cross on the bulletin board.







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