A lot of the people who pull chocolate off of trees so we can eat it are children who have been taken away from their parents - or children who don't have parents at all - orphans.  God wants us to take care of orphans.  Talk to your parents about how we can take care of orphans when we buy chocolate.

Read this verse with your family:
Isaiah 1:17
Learn to live right.  See that justice is done.  Defend widows and orphans and help those in need.

Ask your parents what these verses mean.  How do they make you feel?  What do they tell us about God?  How do you think God might want us to behave?  This verse talks about learning to live right.  Maybe you and your family may not know a lot about how to live right in a world with slavery.  Maybe we don't know how to buy chocolate in a way that is "right."  But maybe we can learn how?  Just like the verse says.  Talk with your family about learning to do right when it comes to chocolate.

Then pray this prayer:
Dear Jesus,  Thank you for delicious treats and all kinds of good food.  It makes us sad that sometimes our food is grown by people who are not take care of or treated rightly.  We sometimes don't know what to do about this.  Please help us to live right and to defend widows and orphans and those in need.  Thank you for loving people like that and calling us to love them too!  And thanks for coming to live with us!  Amen.

Then color this mug of hot chocolate.  Think about how tasty hot chocolate is and also pray for the people growing the chocolate we like to drink.

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