JUST HOW MUCH DOES JESUS LOVE ME? (Proto-type for picture book)
I know that Jesus loves me.
The Bible tells me so.
(Double spread of country church with open Bible on its' sign.
If I was taller than a skyscraper would Jesus love me even more?
(Double spread of city street with skyscraper stretching to the sky and picture of tall boy)
If I was as short as my sister's dollhouse?
(Girl's room with dollhouse with short girl)
No, no, no. Height does not matter.
If I was small like a little country mouse would Jesus love me more?
(Double spread with farm scene with country mouse by haystack with small-boned boy)
If I was as big as an elephant at the city zoo?
(Double spread of city zoo with husky boy feeding elephant)
No....Size does not matter, either.
What if I was blue and as wide as the sky?
Or I was green but as skinny as the grass?
(Double spread of blue sky and green grass with little girl laughing on left page and wide blue-skinned person and skinny
green-skinned person on right page as they dance in a circle with hands joined)
Oh, no! Jesus loves us just the way we are.
(Blue sky, green grass, and flowers in the yard blending with next page)
Well, if I was really, really old would Jesus love me more?
(picture of old woman in wheelchair sitting in front of a nursing home)
How about if I was still a baby?
(Double spread of playground; right side is picture of baby in stroller watching older children play)
It would not matter. The love Jesus has for us never changes.
If I dressed in fancy clothes every day, would he love me more?
(Park with bench and well-to-do couple in Victorian carriage)
If I had no clothes at all or a house to live in or food to eat?
(City slum with man in tatters begging for food)
If I moved here from China would he love me more?
(Chinese restaurant with man standing outside)
No, no, no....
If I grew up in Mexico would he love me more?
(Double spread of field being worked by young Mexican couple and their parents while young Mexican toddler and his baby
sister nap in foreground on bright-colored blanket)
No. It does not matter where you were born or what kind of clothes you wear. Jesus loves all of us the same amount.
It does not matter where we sleep or how old we are. It does not matter what color skin we have or what we eat.
(Picture of all people featured in book together as a group)
God made us all, so His Son, Jesus Christ loves us all the same amount. He even died on a cross for us. He wanted us to
know that we can be forgiven for our sins if we believe in God and listen to what God tells us when we pray.
(Picture of Jesus on the cross on top of a hill)