Waterbugs and Dragonflies (Death)

(Resource Pack 82 ) KEY STAGE 2

Visual aid: Butterfly bugs and wand

Down below the surface of a quiet pond lived a little colony of water bugs.

They were a happy colony, living far away from the sun. For many months they very busy, scurrying over the soft mud on the bottom of the pond. They did notice that every once in a while one of their colony seemed to lose interest in going about with its friends. Clinging to the stem of a pond lily, it gradually moved out of sight and was seen no more.

"Look" said one of the water bugs to another. "One of our colony is climbing the lily stalk. Where do you suppose he is going?" Up, up, up it went slowly. Even as they watched, the water bug disappeared from sight. Its friends watched, and waited but it didn't return. "That's funny!" said one water bug to another. "Wasn't he happy here?" asked a second water bug. "Where do you suppose he went?" wondered a third. No one had an answer. They were greatly puzzled. Finally one of the water bugs, a leader in the colony, gathered its friends together "I have an idea. The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk must promise to come back and tell us where he went and why." "We promise," they said solemnly.

One spring day, not long after, the very water bug who had suggested the plan found himself climbing up the lily stalk. Up, up, up he went. Before he knew what was happening, he had broken through the surface of the water, and fallen on to a broad, green lily pad above. When he awoke, he looked about with surprise. He couldn't believe what he saw. A startling change had come to his old body. His movement revealed four silver wings and a long tail. Even as he struggled, he felt an impulse to move his wings. The warmth of the sun soon dried the moisture from the new body. He moved his wings again and suddenly found himself up above the water. He had become a dragonfly. Swooping and dipping in great curves he flew through the air. He felt exhilarated in the new atmosphere.

By and by, new dragonfly landed happily on a lily pad to rest. Then it was that he chanced to look below to the bottom of the pond. Why, he was right above his old friends the water bugs. There they were scurrying about, just as he had been doing some time before. Then the dragonfly remembered the promise: "The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk will come back and tell where he went and why. Without thinking, the dragonfly darted down. Suddenly he hit the surface of the water and bounced away. Now that he was a dragonfly, he could no longer go into the water.

"I can't return" he said in dismay "At least I tried, but I can't keep my promise. Even if I could go back, none of the water bugs would know me in my new body. I guess I'll just have to wait until they become Dragonflies too. Then they will understand what happened to me, and where I went" And the Dragonfly winged off happily into its wonderful new world of sun and air.

We have been learning about death and what the bible says lies beyond it.


· … that death is not the end

· …that it is not something to be afraid of.

· …that it happens to everyone.

· …that something of us lives on.

· …that we may have to account for the good and bad things we have done, in our lives on earth.

· …that if we believe in God's Son, Jesus we would not perish.

· ….that there will be a Resurrection day for all people, and a new heaven and a new earth.

· …that life to be lived to the full, can begin NOW.

"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." (John 10. 10)