Heart to Heart

Our granddaughter will turn two soon. Lucy and her mama were talking
about her birthday cake. Heather asked, “What color do you want your icing
to be?” “Pink,” she said, “and blue.” “What do you want your birthday cake
to taste like?” Lucy thought about it. “Chicken,” she said.

There are many things about which Lucy has yet to learn – chocolate cake,
for one, and that people come in many wonderful colors, for another.
I talked about people in many colors with our preschoolers during chapel
this week. This is how I did it. I showed them a big bag of candy. “What is
this?” They chorused, “M&Ms!” I poured them into a bowl and held up
M&Ms one at a time.

“What color is this?” “Red!” “Raise your hand if you like red M&Ms.”
“What color is this?” “Blue!” “Raise your hand if you like blue M&Ms.”
“What color is this?” “Yellow!” “Raise your hand if you like yellow M&Ms.”
“What color is this?” “Green!” “Raise your hand if you like green M&Ms.”
“What color is this?” “Orange!” “Raise your hand if you like orange M&Ms.”
“What color is this?” “Brown!” “Raise your hand if you like brown M&Ms.”

The kids liked red and blue and yellow and green and orange and brown
M&Ms. They liked them all. I said, “I like all the colors, too. They are good –
very good.”

Then, I said, “The Bible says God made people – all kinds of people. God
made red, brown, yellow, black and white people. God saw all the people
that he had made. And God thought it was good, very good. The Bible also
says Jesus loves people – all kinds of people. There’s a song about this called
Jesus Loves the Little Children.”

We sang the song – first repeating each phrase and then all together.
Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.
Red, brown, yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight.
Jesus loves the little children of the world.
Then, we prayed thanking God for making people in many colors.

Pastor Lynn Westover

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