“Why do we thank God for Gummies we got at the grocery store?”

It was snack time in Bible class.  Oliver had thanked God for the fruit Gummies everyone had received.  Suddenly he stopped, leaned back in his seat against the chalkboard, and asked, “Why do we thank God for Gummies we got at the grocery store?”

Nannygranne tilted her head in curiosity and then, with a friendly voice, said, “That’s a fascinating question, Oliver.  Who should we thank for the Gummies?”

“The grocery store lady who lets you take it home,” replied Mason.

“She just works there, Mason,” corrected Ava.  “We should thank Mommy and Daddy because they buy the Gummies for us.”  Ava crossed her arms, with a satisfied nod of her head for settling the matter.

Nannygranne placed her finger to her chin thoughtfully.  “But who made the Gummies?”

“………uh…..God?” ventured William, the oldest of the group.

Nannygranne winked at William, smiling at him and said, “William, you gave the answer we all know, but does anyone wonder if God really makes our food and drops it into the grocery store, or does that sound strange to you?”

“He made the manna and dropped it from Heaven when the children of Israel were wandering in the wilderness,” Emma said.  She was fortunate to have parents who taught her Bible stories.

“You are very right, Emma.  Those people had no gardens or grocery stores to get food.  God helped them out, didn’t He.”  Then Nannygranne said, “God does give us or food, but He does it by giving us plants and water and even animals.  Then God gives us our minds and good health to figure out how to cook vegetables and fruits and.”

“So did God make a Gummy twee?” piped up little Benjamin.

“What is your favorite flavor of Gummy, Benjamin?” Nannygranne asked.

“I jus’ wuv gwape!”

“Okay, class, let’s help Benjamin figure out how God gave us grape Gummies.”  Nannygranne stepped to the chalkboard and wrote GRAPES.  “What else do you think is in grape Gummies besides grape juice?”

Ava’s hand flew up.  “Sugar!”

Nannygranne wrote SUGAR.  “Who picks the grapes and cuts the sugar cane?”

“A farmer!”

“Good job!  And who takes the farmer’s grapes and sugar cane to the factory to be turned into grape juice and sugar?”

“A truck driver!  AND God made the gasoline for the truck to drink!”  Jacob’s dad owned a service station.

Having written FARMER and TRUCK DRIVER, and GASOLINE to the growing list, Nannygranne continued: “Who mixes the grape juice and sugar and puts the Gummies in a bag?”

“A Gummie cook!”

Adding COOK to her list, Nannygranne continued.  “And who takes the Gummies to the store?”

“A twuck dwiver!” shouted Benjamin, thrilled to be included.

‘DRIVER’ now underlined on the board, Nannygranne asked,  “Now let’s all look and see if God did anything to bring us Gummies.  Did God make the grapes?”

“Yes”

“The farmer?”

“Yes!”

Continuing down the list, the class gave God credit for every step of bringing Gummies to their hands in class.

“So, boys and girls, who worked hardest in bringing you your Gummies today?”

“God did!” in a chorus, clapping and giggling.

When silence returned, Oliver folded his hands, bowed his head, and repeated earnestly, “Thank you, God, for our Gummies.”

And Nannygranne thanked God for Oliver.

 

“..every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights…”  James 1:17

Author:

I am a mother, grandmother, nanny, and writer—with a passionate concern about children, all children. With the help of my son Travis (who has a graduate degree in apologetics) I hope to share some thoughts that will be helpful to all who have the same concern.

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