Once upon a time, in a far-off river, lived a family of otters. Mama Otter and Papa Otter had a little otter named Olivia. Olivia was always curious about the world and loved to ask questions. One day, she asked her parents, "Where did we come from?"
Mama Otter and Papa Otter smiled and said, "That's a big question, Olivia. Let us tell you a story that explains where we come from."
And so, they began their story.
"In the beginning, there was nothing but darkness and the deep waters of the earth. But then, God spoke. With just one word, the darkness was filled with light, and the earth was separated from the waters above and below. This is called the first day.
On the second day, God created the sky and the atmosphere. He made sure that the air we breathe would be protected by a dome of sky.
On the third day, God created the land and the sea. He made sure that the land would be a place for animals and plants to live. He also made sure that the sea would be a place for the fish and other creatures that live in the water.
On the fourth day, God created the sun, moon, and stars. He made the sun to give us light and warmth during the day, and the moon and stars to light the night sky.
On the fifth day, God created all the creatures that live in the sea and the birds that fly in the air.
On the sixth day, God created all the animals that live on the land and lastly, he created people. God made humans in his own image, which means that we have a special connection to him and are able to love, think, and communicate just like he does.
And that, Olivia, is what Genesis chapter 1 means. It tells us about the beginning of the world and how God created everything that we see around us."
Olivia was amazed by the story. She asked, "What happened after God created everything?"
Papa Otter replied, "God looked at everything he had created and saw that it was good. He rested on the seventh day, which is now called the Sabbath, and it is a day to remember and honor all that he has done for us."
Mama Otter added, "God loves us so much that he gave us this beautiful world to live in and take care of. It's up to us to protect and appreciate it."
Olivia smiled and said, "I'm so glad God created us and this world. I can't wait to learn more about him."
Mama Otter and Papa Otter hugged Olivia and told her how proud they were of her for understanding the story and what it means.
Lesson:Genesis chapter 1 is about the amazing love and power of God, who created everything for us. And she knew that, no matter what questions she had in the future, her parents would always be there to help her understand the world and all its wonders.