Here I Am Lord

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Tell me if this sounds familiar… “(in a parent voice) Jim…Jim…JIM…I have been calling and calling your name, why didn’t you answer me? (in another voice) I didn’t hear you Mom/Dad” Has that ever happened at your house? Someone calls your name and you don’t answer? In my house it’s usually because my boys are choosing not to answer me, not because they actually didn’t hear me.

Today we are going to read a story in the bible about a boy named Samuel. Read 1 Samuel 3:1-10. I would use My First Bible by Pat Alexander. Read pages 176-179. What would you think if you heard someone calling your name while you were sleeping? I’m not surprised that Samuel thought it was Eli calling his name! Eventually Eli realized that it must be God speaking to Samuel and told Samuel what to say the next time he hear God calling.

Share the chorus to “Here I Am Lord.” If you can, sing it to the children without setting it up first. “Here I am Lord. Is it I Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.” 

When God speaks to us it’s usually not in a loud voice calling our name. For me, it’s more like feeling a nudge, or a little push, inside to do one thing or another. When I listen carefully I can hear God leading me to do the right thing. Leading me to be kind and helpful to others.

Sing again. Here I am Lord. Is it I Lord? I have heard you calling in the night. I will go Lord, if you lead me. I will hold your people in my heart.


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