This devotion is a sweet way to teach kids the Biblical importance of unity between believers using Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 and red licorice.
- 3-foot-long red string licorice
- a children’s Bible
Unity of Believers
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
Have children stand in pairs, and give each pair a string of licorice.
Say: I’d like each of you to take hold of one end of your string of licorice. Pull as hard as you can on the licorice to test how strong it is. Allow time.
Say: I need a helper. Have the helper hold three strings together at the end as you braid the three strings together. Ask: What do you think will happen if we pull on this braided strand?
Choose another helper to hold your end of the braid. Say: Now both of you pull as hard as you can. Allow time. Ask: Why was this braided strand harder to break?
Read the Scripture from a children’s Bible. Say: Just as the licorice was stronger with three pieces together, we’re stronger when we stick together. Tell a partner about a time you worked with another person to do great things.
Say: We show other people God’s love by how we love each other and work together. Take a string of licorice to remind you how strong we are when we stick together.
Lebanon, New Hampshire
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