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Starry Nights

Starry Nights

“God made the Big Dipper and Orion. He created the Pleiades and the southern stars.” – Job 9:9 “He made the moon and stars to rule over the night. His faithful love continues forever.” – Psalm 136:9

Choose a clear night to stay up late enough to watch the night sky. Lie on blankets and look up. Use an app (like Skyview) or chart to identify constellations. God made the stars and knows them by name (Isaiah 40:26 and Psalm 147:4-5). Stars are massive balls of hot electrically charged gas held together by gravity. The sun is also a big star. It’s the closest star to earth. As light from a star travels through the atmosphere they appear to twinkle.

Stars actually have different colors, from reddish to blue, depending on the temperature on the surface of the star. Like people, stars move slower as they get older.

The Greek astronomer Ptolemy recorded 48 constellations in 150 AD. There are now 88 recognized constellations. You see different ones at various times of the year as the earth orbits around the sun. People can find their location on earth with the stars. That’s called celestial navigation. The wise men found Jesus by following a special star God placed in the sky.

We can appreciate the stars and be thankful that they add light to the night, but we need to worship God and not the stars.

  • See how many stars you can count.
  • Discuss a constellation and try to make a replica with mini-marshmallows and toothpicks.
  • Draw the constellations you saw.
  • Check the phase of the moon.
  • Make some star shaped sugar cookies or star bread cutout sandwiches for a nighttime snack
  • Read and discuss other Scriptures about stars, including Nehemiah 9:6 and Mark 13:28.

Important Message from Jesus

Decode the following to find some important words you’ll hear in the Gospel readings in August. It’s from the Gospel of John, chapter six.

Code: People have connected stars like dots to see pictures in the sky that help them find their location at night. Connect dots to solve this secret code. Use the numbers to trace the lines in the square to form letters. So, 1379 is Z and 28 is I.

____          ______  ______        _____ _______ _______

28             713964   71539          1328   174639  2145478

 

________  ________  _______  _______ ______         _______  ________

71254587   7125459   2145478   713964    28745          71397      314547

 

___    ___   ______  ________
179      28   314547  2145478

Answer: I am the bread of life

By: Karen Whiting (www.karenwhiting.com) enjoys writing activities for families. Her recent release is 52 Weekly Devotions for Busy Families It offers weekly choices of activities, Bible chats, and a story and more wrapped around a theme.

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