I am Bethany. In the Uganda village I am called la fofo (is that the right way to say it Lawrence?) Judah was a very lonely lion. All of his pride (that’s a family of lions) had gone looking for water. They must have forgotten to tell Judah where they were going.
Judah wanted a friend, but all the animals would swiftly run away in fear.
Judah was out one morning on his regular walk when he found a most unusual thing. Judah you must tell this part.
“A hmm. I found something that looked like a package or a big seed. It looked dead and that made me sad. I could tell it had fallen from the tree above me. Then a voice whispered in the breeze “take it with you.” It’s hard to argue with the wind. I carried the dead seed back to my cave and set it in a safe place.
Each time I walked past the seed I said, “I will remember you as you should have been – alive and beautiful.”
“That reminds me, this is Bethany again, We are celebrating a day that was the saddest day in history. It is the day that God’s son Jesus gave his life as a ransom (that means payment) for my sin and your sin. The ground shook on that day. The sky was very dark. All of nature mourned his death. They placed his dead body in a tomb and rolled a big stone in front. There was no hope on his friend’s faces. Their master and teacher was gone.”
“How would you feel if you had been there?”
“I would have roared very loud with sorrow and then I would have laid down in front of the tomb to protect it. ”
“I think I would have tried to sing a song to him but it would have been through big tears.”
“As many of us spend some time today thinking about Jesus dying for us, please pray for people who are also suffering (many dying) from this Corona Virus. I have had many friends who have gotten sick and they are not feeling better yet.”
“Dear Jesus thank you for loving us so much that you died for our sins. There is nothing we can do but ask for you to forgive us and clean us up from our unrighteousness. What you did on the cross was the greatest gift anyone could ever receive. ”
We will be back on Easter day to finish the story about Bethany’s rebirth.
This is a continuation of a story that we told (with the Ugandan children helping) about a lion named Judah and his friend a butterfly named Bethany.
We wish you God’s grace on this day of remembrance.