In place of a story for this lesson, consider leading a discussion on food instead. When God created the world, he said it was very good! Food is part of the goodness of creation, a gift from God and an expression of his love. Throughout the Bible, we see his gracious and generous provision of food. He planted a garden (Gen 2:8) and asked the first human beings to tend and care for it, giving them every fruit and plant to eat.
When God delivered the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt, he provided manna in the wilderness. He brought them out of the wilderness and into a land with everything they needed, “flowing with milk and honey.” The land was a gift, not a right. Food reminds us that God is our creator and provider and we are dependent on him. When we say “grace” before a meal, we are bearing witness to his gracious character and receiving his good gifts in gratitude.
We need to remember that God created the earth. God wants us to take good care of the earth that He created. We need to praise God for what we have. Sometimes people on earth have not done a good job of taking care of the earth, which is why too many people are hungry.
Many people do not know God and do not praise Him. It’s our job to help others to get to know Jesus, by sharing God’s love with them and taking care of one another.