I saw several versions of the Jelly Bean Prayer while I was browsing for ideas on Pinterest, but I really liked this one that comes from the Happy Home Fairy.
Black is for our sin – the wrong things we have done.
Red is for Jesus’ blood – He shed for everyone.
White is for a clean heart – when in Jesus we believe.
Gold is for the streets in heaven – promised when Jesus we receive.
Green is for growing; hide His word in your heart.
Put your trust in Jesus – give your life a brand new start.
I pre-cut cardboard crosses with the poem written on them. I also pre-punched holes around the edges of the crosses.
The girls threaded ribbon around the cross.
Then I read the poem, handing them the relevant jelly babies to stick on the cross. (My daughters don’t eat jelly beans, so we used the jelly babies instead.) Their favourite part of the activity was eating the unused jelly babies, of course.
These are going to be stuck on the girls’ bedroom walls – high up on the walls, where little fingers can’t reach up to pull sweets off. My plan is to read it to them as often as possible, during playtime or after bathtime – any time at all, really – in the hope that they will learn the poem and take its message to heart.