Spreading the Love of Jesus
Approaching the Christmas season with the expectation of giving rather than receiving sets one up to better understand what God desires of His children. Mrs. Welch's 2nd graders are on their way to grasping that concept as they worked diligently creating handmade Christmas ornaments, then helped Mrs. Cass with decorating the Operation Christmas Child tree in the Welcome Center.
Operation Christmas Child is a Samaritan's Purse project that collects "shoe boxes" filled with goodies to distribute to children all over the world. I asked some of the students about decorating the tree and what it meant to give to others...
Asher Walters: "We made stars with Christmas song words on them. I want people to know the importance of giving."
Elizabeth Craft: "At church, we prayed for Fanny who lives in Honduras and needs love for Christmas."
Gracie Czerwinski: "I like kids to get excited for Christmas!"
Ella Dimitrious (after she made sure I spelled her last name correctly, lol): "I want kids to be happy, peaceful and to know comfort."
My favorite response came from the entire class when they said that they want everyone to know the love of God. Praise the Lord!