Presvytera Alexandra Houck created The Children's Word bulletin so children will know they are not only welcome in church, but even more, an essential part of the Church family. She hopes the weekly bulletin will be just one more way we can make kids feel at home in church. Presvytera Alexandra is a graduate of Duke University and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Her husband, Fr. Jason Houck, is a priest at St. Mary's Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, MN. Presvytera Alexandra and Fr. Jason have three small children: Lydia, Paul, and Silas. Presvytera Alexandra grew up attending Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Asheville, North Carolina with her nine siblings.
This week: Do you know what a paradox is? A paradox is a statement that might seem silly or not true, but is actually true. You’ve heard some paradoxes in the Bible, haven’t you? Maybe “The last shall be first, and the first shall be last”? That paradox means when we make ourselves humble, then God will reward us.
In another part of the Bible, you might remember, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” That might seem silly to us! Would you rather give something or get something? But it’s really true! God blesses us when we think of others instead of ourselves!
In today’s Gospel reading, we hear another paradox. “For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.” That might be a hard one to understand. Sometimes we think a lot about what we can do for ourselves. How can we be rich? How can we be healthy? How can we be happy? How can we have fun? We think about our own lives. But God wants us to think about Him, how we can love God and His people.
And that’s the paradox! When we spend our lives giving ourselves up for our Lord and His commandments, God promises that He will save our lives!
Click here to download your free copy of The Children’s Word. You can read the story above, and you can learn about St. Silouan, who has some good advice for us. There is also an icon activity, a coloring page, and a word search.
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