Faithfulness in nature

Getting into nature

Tell this story about a mother goose who sacrificed herself to protect her eggs from a raccoon.

Discussion point: God sacrificed His Son so our sins could be forgiven.

This nature lesson explores the idea that some species of animals are so faithful, they mate for life. Some examples include wolves, dolphins and Canada geese. The geese are so faithful to each other that if one is shot down or injured, its mate will stay with it and endure hardship to help it survive.

Tell a story about a Canada goose pair that made their nest near a raccoon den by mistake. After making their nest and laying eggs, the mother goose sat on the nest to keep the eggs warm so they could hatch.

The first night, the raccoon attacked and broke the mother’s wing, but the pair was able to drive it away. The second night, the raccoon returned and broke the mother goose’s other wing, but still the geese would not leave their nest. The third night, the raccoon managed to kill the mother goose, but the father goose stayed on the nest. One morning, the baby geese finally hatched, and the father goose was able to help the goslings escape to the water where they were safe (This example is from the book Character Sketches: From the Pages of Scripture Illustrated in the World of Nature, by Institute in Basic Life Principles. Rand McNally, 1976.

Close by comparing the story of the mother bird sacrificing her life for her children with God’s huge sacrifice of sending His Son Jesus to die on the cross so our sins could be forgiven. Read 1 John 1:9, emphasizing that God is faithful and just and will forgive our sins! The questions for discussion can be used to solidify this lesson.

Questions for discussion
  • What sacrifice did Jesus make for us?
  • Have you ever made a sacrifice for a friend?
  • We don’t necessarily have to die for our friends, but what could we sacrifice to show our friends that we are loyal?
Relevant Scripture

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”