Echoes adult

Faith During Grief

Lesson 2 

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Fall 2019

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By: RLD Author

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September 08, 2019

Lesson Focus:

God hears and cares about our grief and pain.

Bible Basis:

1 Samuel 1:9-20

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • None

Summary & Links:

God hears and cares about our grief and pain.

These videos and materials are for your personal use. If you show videos in class, be sure to have the necessary rights to do so.

Music Video, Traditional: “Holy, Holy, Holy”
“I Don’t Wanna Leave” by William McDowell
“You Are God, Be Glorified” by Danny O’Callaghan
Enduring Word commentary on 1 Samuel 1
Matthew Henry’s commentary on 1 Samuel 1
Commentary on 1 Samuel 1

Memory Verse:

This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.
—Isaiah 48:17I

Step 1:

God hears and cares about our grief and pain.

Materials Needed:

  • None

FROM LIFE-GIVER TO BARREN
Fires have raged for weeks in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest. The Amazon is earth’s largest and most fertile rainforest. It is responsible for generating 20 percent of the world’s oxygen, earning it the nickname “the lungs of the planet.” The fires, which may have been caused or at least helped by deforestation in the region, have left two million acres smoldering in barren ruin. What has been life-giving has suffered harm, and hopefully will become fertile again.

FROM BARREN TO LIFE-GIVER
Hannah was Elkanah’s first wife, but she lived in grief and pain because she was infertile. Though Elkanah honored Hannah with his love, he took a second wife to bear children to his name. Perhaps Hannah wondered if God were punishing or cursing her by closing her womb. She cried out in prayer at the site of the tabernacle, making a vow to God if He would make her fertile. Eli the priest heard her and added his blessing to her request for a child. Soon thereafter, her barrenness and her grief were taken away, and she brought forth a son.

Questions

  • Have you lived through grief and pain similar to what Hannah went through?
  • What might you say to someone who feels that God is punishing or cursing them?
  • What story or event can you recall in which someone’s shame was turned to honor?

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2, 3 & 4 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

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