Monday, May 21, 2007
Riding a Mountain Railway
Patty has asked if I would post some of the thoughts from my newest summer devotional book for kids. Here is the first page, which the kids in our church would have done on May 16.
"For this God is our God for ever and ever: He will be our guide even unto death." (Psalm 48:14)
This year's summer devotional book is all about trains and railroads. We will learn many, many things about the history of railroading and also about what trains and train travel are like today. It will be lots of fun to "ride the rails" together!
There are many songs about trains and railroads, and some of them are Christian songs. We will learn about some of these railroad songs through the summer. One old song is called "Life's Railway to Heaven". This song says that living the Christian life is sort of like traveling on a mountain railroad. Our journey begins when we ask Jesus to be our personal Savior and we are born again. Our journey ends when we get to heaven someday. But our journey is not just a straight, simple trip from here to heaven, is it? All sorts of things can happen along the way. We have good times and bad times. We have sad times and happy times. We have times when we are healthy and times when we are sick or hurt. We have times when we are walking with God faithfully and times when we do not walk with Him as we should.
The chorus to the song "Life's Railway to Heaven" says:
Blessed Savior, Thou wilt guide us,
Till we reach that blissful shore,
Where the angels wait to join us
In God's praise forevermore.
And it is true that God will be our guide all along our journey through life. Our verse tells us that He will be our guide for ever and ever, even until death. What a faithful God He is!
* If you are a Christian, thank God that He will be your faithful guide through your whole life. Ask Him to help you follow Him each day. If you have never asked Jesus to be your Savior, you can do that today!
As you can see, each day's page begins with a Bible verse; for the kids, I leave blanks in the verse for them to fill in some of the words. This ensures that they will read it. At the end of each page are some prayer suggestions for them to use.
I'll post some more pages as time goes on!