Exeter United Methodist Church
Thursday, April 22, 2021

Cathy's Page- a story to share with a child

                                       
                                                                                  Cathy’s Column

Here’s a story about the “Jelly Bean Prayer”.

We plan to share this popular prayer in church this coming Sunday, complete with the beans!

 

            Billy and Lucy were walking from school when they saw that old Mr. Roberts’ yard was still filled with giant multi-colored plastic jelly beans.

     "Easter is over" said Lucy, "Mr. Roberts must need help taking down his decorations.  Let's go help him!"

     "Ok," said Billy. 

      They ran up to his house and knocked on the door. Mr. Roberts opened the door, "Hi, Billy, Hi Lucy. What brings you here?"

     "We thought you might need some help taking down your Easter decorations," said Lucy and Billy together.

     "Thanks for the offer, but I'm going to keep them up for a while. It helps to remind me and tell others about Jesus."

     "Huh?" said Billy.  "I don't get it."

     Mr. Roberts smiled and said The Jelly Bean Prayer as he pointed to the colorful yard decorations:

 

Orange is for Heaven so bright.

Yellow is for God's perfect light.

Red is for Jesus' blood he shed for everyone

White is for our cleansing from sin.

Green is for our new life in him.

Pink is for his free gift to share.

Purple is for the crowns we'll wear.

The witness of the jelly beans is true

Trust in Jesus because He loves you.

 

     "Wow, that's a great way to show what Easter really means," said Billy.

     "Yes, not just at Easter, but every day. Here, have some snack size bags of jelly beans and the prayer to pass around to your friends and family," said Mr. Roberts.

     "Gee thanks, can we come back tomorrow and hear more about Jesus?"

     "You sure can," said Mr. Roberts. “I love to tell the stories about Jesus.” 

     The children ran home to tell Mom and Dad all that happened that day and the prayer they learned. 

 

Do you have someone you could tell?