Hand your child the feather.
Hold your feather. Feel how light it is.
Tickle the palm of your hand with it.
Now shape your hands into a little nest and gently hold the feather.
Sometimes we can get scared, worried, or stressed about things in our lives.
Will I be okay in a new class or a new school?
Will anyone come to my party?
Will we always have enough to eat or drink?
How long will we have to stay safe at home?
These worries are natural. But God doesn’t want us to spend so much time worrying that we miss out on the wonder of life.
Just as God knows every curve in your thumbprint, God knows every feather of every bird.
God cares for every bird, and God cares for you very much.
Listen to these words from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 6, verses 25-27 –
“Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
Now let’s sit in silence. Look at the feather in your hands and know that God will take care of you.
[After a few moments of silence, pray]
Help us to not worry so much.
We know your love will take care of us.
[The feather can now go in the box.]