Have you ever felt really sad about something? What kinds of things make you feel better when you are sad? Allow children to name something that makes them feel better (hugs, having someone listen to them, singing a song, etc).
Remember last week when we read in the Bible about Isaiah? This week I have another story to share with you from Isaiah. Read Isaiah 40:1-11 from the Lectionary Story Bible – Year B. When Isaiah was feeling sad he would sing. Let me share his song with you again. “Comfort them. Comfort my people, says our God. Speak so tenderly to all of them, and tell them for me, that I love every one of them and that I am coming to help them.” What does the word comfort mean? Allow children to define comfort. Remind them of the forms of comfort they discussed at the beginning. How do you think God comforts us? Allow children to share ideas. Remind them that God comforts us through the actions of others.
The story of Isaiah happens long before the time of Jesus. I want you to listen to what else Isaiah had to say, “I know God’s chosen one will come. And God will feed us all, like a shepherd. And hold us warm and tight, and keep us safe from harm, and show us how to live.” Doesn’t that sound comforting? Someone to feed us, hold us warm and tight, keep us safe from harm, and show us how to live. Who do you think Isaiah was talking about? Children will likely answer, Jesus! Can you think of anyone else that does that for you? Someone who feeds you, holds you warm and tight, keeps you safe, and shows you how to live? Help children to understand that there are people in their lives that do these things for them as well (parents, grandparents, sunday school teachers, etc). Jesus is our best example, but there are many people in your life that comfort you with the love of God. And do you want to know the best part? YOU can be a comfort too!
Every Wednesday I share with you a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home. But for this lectionary year I wanted to offer you something more.
I have taken the lesson above and written it into a lesson plan format. I have also added a Respond and Extend section to the downloadable lesson. These are additional ideas for the children to respond to the main lesson and then an extension activity for them to do at a later time. The extension activity includes a handout to send home with directions. In addition to the 3 page PDF download I have created a worship background image that could be projected on the screen during the children’s moment of your worship service.
Please note: all images and PDF files are my creation. You may use them in your home and with your church family. Please give credit to ChildhoodSpirituality.com. You may not sell these items in part or in full, or in any way claim them as your own. Thank you!