This lesson invites kids to look outside themselves and behave in a way that reaches out to others, rather than trying to have our own way. A lesson that adults sometimes need to hear, as well as children.
Study a spider’s web. Bring a picture that represents what you are going to talk about.
I was looking at a spider’s web the other day and thinking about the pattern in it. Have you ever looked closely at a spider’s web? Each one has it’s own pattern made up of threads that connect each other together strand by strand. When the web is finished, it looks like the strands begin at the center. The ones that reach out from the middle remind me of love. It is always reaching out. It starts in the center of one person - you. or me. and reaches out to everyone around them connecting all of us together.
Hate, on the other hand just goes around and around in a circle. It doesn’t get anywhere. Although it binds things together, it can’t move forward, because it is not reaching out from where it is. It is following the same path over and over.
As Christians, we need to reach out to everyone around us. We don’t have to do big things to share love with other people. Talking to someone who is sitting by themselves; helping someone pick up something they dropped or just listening when a friend needs to talk are all ways of showing love. They are also ways of reaching out beyond ourselves. Love does absolutely no good if we keep it to ourselves. And hate…well, we may try to share hate with other people, but it always makes us feel worse than the other person and it always leads us right back where we started - inside ourselves, alone, afraid, powerless.
Think about these things the next time you see a spider web. And remember to reach out, not go around and around in circles.
Heavenly Father, your love for us is so great. Show us how to share it with others and not just keep it to ourselves. Make us givers of your care and grace. In your name we pray, Amen.