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June 2014

The Hairs on Your Head

1st Sunday after Pentecost

From “Saving the Ants”

Scripture Reference: Matt. 10:26-31  Hair_Spike_Baby

Preparation: Arrange for one of the children to bring their father or mother up to the front to answer the questions. (This sermon could also work for Father’s Day.)

This morning, I would like to ask a parent some questions about one of his or her children sitting up here. I want to ask things like their name, age, favorite food. Are there any volunteers? (You may interview a volunteer or someone that you have previously arranged to help out.) This will be a fairly short interview.

Is your child a girl or a boy? How many fingers does she have? What is your daughter’s name? How old is she? When’s her birthday? What’s one of her favorite foods? Does she have a favorite color? What does she like to do? What time did she wake up this morning? Can you tell me what she dreamed last night? What is she thinking right now? Exactly how many hairs does she have growing on her head?

The questions started out being pretty easy to answer, didn’t they? Some of the questions could have been answered by someone who didn’t know this person very well, but other questions could only be answered by a good friend or a parent, someone who really knows this person.

What questions couldn’t be answered? (Let children respond.) She might have told someone what she dreamed last night, but it would be pretty difficult to know what someone was thinking without asking them. And it would take a long time to count how many hairs were growing on her head. Who do you think knows us even better than our parents or our best friends? (Wait for answer.) God knows everything about us, doesn’t he? Our Parent in Heaven knows even more about us than our parents here on earth.

In Matthew, chapter 10, it says, “The very hairs on your head are all numbered” (v. 30 NLT). God knows how many hairs each one of you have on your head. That’s a pretty small detail, isn’t it? Your family and friends know a lot about you, both good and bad, and they love you so much for who you are. There’s no one in the whole world like you. God knows even more about us; every thought, every wish; and he loves us more than we can imagine.

The next time you brush your hair, I want you to remember that God cares about every little detail in your life, right down to the number of hairs on your head.

Prayer:  Lord God, you know us so well and still you love us. Help us to love others as you love us.

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