EDITOR’S NOTE: This column features lessons and sermons for children from Annette Dammer’s book “Ready, Set, Go!”
Paul said God comforts us “in all our tribulation” so that we can comfort others in their own tribulations.
Rest and pray about 2 Corinthians 1:2-5 (below). What truly comforts you? What trouble (even if too private to share in your sermon) has God comforted you through? How have you been able to use a horrible experience to comfort and counsel another person later?
How about when you were a child? Were you ever scared? Teased? Hated, even? These are great things to journal about. Christ has been there and knows how to help.
2 Corinthians 1:2-5: “Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through Christ.”
Oh, it is so comforting to know you’ll be here each week! (Smile and carefully dig into your basket. Pull out a stuffed animal or blanket.) Look what I’ve brought to show you! These are snugglies. They used to make me feel so good when I was little.
Today I still love (continue to pull from the bag) a cup of hot chocolate or a nice bowl of crunchy popcorn when I’m really sad. I play some music, call a friend. (Leave the Bible for last.) Sometimes I read my Bible and write about how I feel. (Pull out a notebook and a pen.) What do you do when you’re really upset? (Pause.) Me too! It helps, doesn’t it?
You know what? God wants to help comfort us. And then He wants us to share that comfort with others we love. Maybe they need a hug. Maybe our grandma needs a letter or call. Maybe Dad would just like you to watch a ballgame with him.
We all need somebody who cares — really, really cares. And even if it’s a day when it feels like nobody cares, and even if it is one of those hurting days, you know God is there. He cares. A lot! So He has sent us many tools to use: Jesus to love, live, and die for us; others to give us hugs; and the Bible to discover what God says about it all.
Then, when the tough stuff is all over and we’re back to skipping rope, we can help others, because we will be a bit stronger. And that is being a tool of God, too!
Let’s pray: Father, I know You are ready to comfort us when we hurt. Help us to remember to turn to You and your Bible so that we may heal. Help us to reach out and hug others so they may feel better too. Amen.
Annette Dammer is a columnist, teacher, former children’s minister and author of the book “Ready, Set, Go! A Year of Object Lessons.” This column includes lessons from her book. The e-book is available for free at www.smashwords.com/books/view/1045891. You may reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org