On the Eighth Day of Christmas: Eight Maides a-milking

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 The eight maids a-milking represent the eight beatitudes.

 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3-10

Simple ways to teach a little one:

* Pull out the dairy products today and talk about how cows provide the milk for these products.  (In this house, we’re rice milk-ers, but we indulge in some cow-inspired cheese, ice cream, and yogurt now and then.)

* Read a book about a cow providing milk (We like the Little House on the Prairie stories about Almanzo milking cows and cleaning out stalls…)

* Before reading today’s verses together, explain that “blessed,” simply means “happy”.  Who are the happiest people you know?  What are they like? What do they do?

* Read today’s verses and focus on one or two to explain in simple language.  Pray together that God would help both of you live in the example Jesus describes.