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Easy Read Blog: God looks after me

Look at this picture. How many birds can you see?
 

Photo of a mother bird hiding baby birds under her wings

 
The mother goose has two babies. She is keeping them under her wings. This is how she looks after them. She keeps them safe and warm.
 
 

Here is another picture.
 

Picture of swan with open wings and a baby swan resting on her back
 

The baby swan does not need to swim. He is resting on his mother. What will happen when the mother swan closes her wings? The baby swan will be hidden! What do you think it would feel like to be this baby swan?
 

The Bible says something about this. Here is part of Psalms chapter 91. It is a song that people sang to God.
 

You can go to God Most High to hide.

You can go to God All-Powerful for protection.

I say to the LORD, “You are my place of safety, my fortress.

My God, I trust in you.”

God will save you from hidden dangers

and from deadly diseases.

You can go to him for protection.

He will cover you like a bird spreading its wings over its babies.
 

(Psalms chapter 91 verses 1-4, ERV)

 

This psalm says that God looks after us like a mother bird looks after her babies. He loves us. He keeps us close to him. And he keeps us safe. We can go to him for help when we are afraid.
 

Sometimes bad things happen to us. But God is always with us. He is kind and he loves us. He always wants to help us.
 

Sometimes life makes us feel tired. When we go to God we can rest, like the baby swan in the picture. We can remember that he is bigger and stronger than we are.
 

In your mind, imagine God as a big mother bird. Imagine you are hiding under his wings.
 

Here is another song about this. If you like, you can listen to it and thank God for looking after you like a mother bird.
 

 

 

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Easy Read Blog: God loves me just as I am

Dinner table with lots of food, and people eating and talking around it as they eatWhen Jesus lived on earth he told lots of stories. The stories helped people to understand what God was like.
 

One day Jesus told a story about a man who planned a big party. He invited lots of people. But when it was time for the party to start, no one came. They all said they had something more important to do. The man was angry. He had worked so hard to plan a great party!
 

If you were that man, what would you do? Would you give up on the party? Or would you do something else?
 

The man in the story had an idea. Here is what happened next:
 

‘“Go out quickly to every street in the town,” he said to his servant. “Bring the poor people here. Bring those that have lost an arm or a leg. And bring those that cannot walk well, and those that cannot see.”’

(Luke chapter 14 verse 21, EasyEnglish Bible)

 

The man did not give up on his party. He decided to invite poor people, disabled people and blind people! After that, he told everyone else to come too!
 

It must have been a very big party. I expect the man had to move things around so that everyone could get in easily. Maybe he needed to make more space for wheelchairs. Maybe he set up a quiet room in case anyone needed a break.
 

Jesus said that the man was like God. And the party was like God’s kingdom, where everything is good.
 

In the story, the man invited poor people and disabled people before he invited everyone else! This helps us understand what God is like.
 

If you are poor or disabled, God wants you to be part of his kingdom. If you have learning difficulties or autism, God wants you to be part of his kingdom too.
 

God loves you just as you are. He wants to be your friend! And he wants to give you good things.
 

Let's thank God for loving us so much.
 

Dear Father God,

Thank you that you love me just as I am. Thank you for inviting me to be part of your kingdom, where everything is good.

Amen.

 

I learned about this from Amy Kenny. She is a disabled writer who wrote a book called ‘My Body is Not a Prayer Request’.
 

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Easy Read Blog: God says it is good to rest

Picture of two young girls lying on a rug in a green field, smiling.

Do you have a job? Maybe you go to college, or volunteer. Maybe you clean your home and cook your dinner. The Bible says it is very good to work. But no one can work all the time. If we work too much we will make ourselves tired and ill.
 

The Bible says that we all need to rest. When we rest we don't do any work. We relax and have a break. Resting helps to keep our bodies and minds healthy. And it helps us remember that God is bigger and stronger than we are.
 

Psalms chapter 121 verses 1-4 (ERV) says:
 

I look up to the hills,

but where will my help really come from?

My help will come from the Lord,

the Creator of heaven and earth.

He will not let you fall.

Your Protector will not fall asleep.

Israel’s Protector does not get tired..

He never sleeps.


That's right! God does not get tired like we do. Sometimes I feel worried about things and that keeps me awake. But I know that I can rest and go to sleep because God is looking after me.
 

What is your favourite way to rest?


 

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