NOL Sample Story: Ten Days and Nine Nights

Posted by Eileen Miller on June 22, 2012 at 4:20 AM

Ten Days and Nine Nights by Yumi Heo is a wonderful adoption story told from the perspective of the future big sister of the new baby as she counts up the days to the joyful arrival her mother soon brings home.  We also had to discuss our verses with small breaks in between them because I do not want to overwhelm my son.  When he actually read the verses out loud from the bible, it was music to my ears!   While he just turned six and we completed one sentence, we incorporated three separate bible verses that were applied to our discussion.  They are (remember to look up or explain underlined words):

1)  Galatians 4: 4-5   "But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, so that we might receive adoption."

****  My son wrote his sentence with the word 'adopted' in it.  We also spoke of Mary as 'the woman.'  The 'fullness of time' was when God saw that it was right to send Jesus.

(I have to tell you...I have three sons.  At the beach, two of my sons were talking about the birthmarks on their side and back.  My third son said, "I don't have one."  My six year old said, "maybe that means your adopted."  We laughed.  He knew it was a joke too.)

2)  John 14:  1-4   "Do not let your hearts be troubled.  You have faith in God; have faith also in me.  In my Father's house there are many dwelling places.  If there were not, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back again and take you to myself, so that where I am you also may be."

****  From the pictures in this story, the big sister and her father prepare the baby's room.  One can see how this verse can tie in nicely.  The pictures almost act like a parable does.

3)  Mark 1:8   "I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the holy spirit."

****  The picture my son drew was when the mother presented paperwork to the adoption agency.  I told him, "we don't need paperwork to be part of God's family.  This is why we are baptized."

Have fun with your child and enjoy the story and the Word of God!  Remember too that your child must know that the story does not replace the Word of God.  It just helps to conceptualize its meaning.

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