Read these verses with your family:
Jesus looked at his disciples and said: God will bless you people who are poor. His kingdom belongs to you!
God will bless you hungry people. You will have plenty to eat!
God will bless you people who are crying. You will laugh!
God will bless you when others hate you and won't have anything to do with you. God will bless you when people insult you and say cruel things about you, all because you are a follower of the Son of Man. Long ago your own people did these same things to the prophets. So when this happens to you, be happy and jump for joy! You will have a great reward in heaven.
But you rich people are in for trouble. You have already had an easy life. You well-fed people are in for trouble. You will go hungry! You people who are laughing now are in for trouble. You are going to cry and weep!
You are in for trouble when everyone says good things about you. That is what your own people said about those prophets who told lies.
Ask your parents what these verses mean. How do they make you feel? What do they tell us about God? What do you think about slavery and about how we treat poor and hungry people? Talk with your family about how Jesus might want us to celebrate Christmas because of these verses.
Then pray this prayer:
Thank you for taking care of poor, hungry, and sad people. Forgive us for times when we don't care for them but only care about ourselves. Help us to celebrate your birthday by bringing food to hungry people, hope to poor people, and laughter to sad people. Amen.
Then color this color sheet as a prayer for children around the world who need God's comfort this Christmas.