This was an allegory I used to teach the kids (5-10 years old) who were recipient of the gifts (for Christmas Season) of Samaritan Purse-but due to large backlog in shipping loads-it arrived in March 2010 instead.
The Children of the King
There was a kind and generous king
Who has a kingdom where people have everything they need.
Outside of the city walls is a big garden with trees and flowers of many varieties
This is where the children of the city play.
They were called the “Children of the King”- for the King loves them so
It was guarded by the best soldiers of the kingdom can offer.
It has a gate flowing to the forest and the plains
One day an ice cream man station outside of the gate
Gave them ice cream-if they would step out of the gate
And when the children went out of the garden-the pirates, thieves
Kidnapped all the children who left the garden.
All of them were outside the garden –when the pirates swoop over them
They took them to a faraway land
Where they become slaves
Amongst the many children of that land
The King sent his Son
The Prince to find a way
To rescue them
There in the faraway land
He went there in disguise –with some of his trusted lieutenants
However, someone betrayed them
And they were all killed
One by one-including the prince
They put the prince in the city walls
Near a tree –as a warning to those who will rescue the kids
How can the children of the King be able to go back home now?
Before the prince died-he was able to find and talk with the children
And he left them with his instruction and promise.
“I will return and take you home”
The Prince was able to send His Father
A coded message thru a dove he brought
To the faraway land
Included was his strategy of regaining the children.
The King-His father was to send gift boxes to all children of the faraway land
The postman of that land is a spy himself-and was there for a long time
He will observe the response of the children to the gift of the King.
The Prince said to the postman:
Those who read the card attached to the gift-
And read it first-and then weep or smile after they read it
With these words written-“I will return and take you home”
You will know that they are the children of the King
Those who throw out the card without reading them
And just open the gift box-
They are the children of the faraway land
The postman was commanded by the King
To seal or write with an invisible pen on the arms of the children of the king
What is written in the arms of the children?
“Loved by the Prince”
Then one day –the armies of the King came down
In all their splendor and dreadful countenance
Ahead of them are the paratroopers
That entered the city of the faraway land and
Freed the all the slaves
And separated the children of the King
By the seal they have in their arm
Written is “Loved by the Prince”
The armies of the King defeated the army
Of the pirates and thieves
And the children was able to go back
To the Kingdom and the Garden
Where they were abducted.
Who is the king?
Who is the prince?
If you have been marked with seal-you will know it too.