There have been a number of stories in the news lately about the ways that people come together to support others. Some set up GoFundMe pages online. Some get involved by giving assistance through time and energy.
You have probably heard about the war between Russia and Ukraine that began earlier this year. As Russia invaded Ukraine and displaced millions of innocent civilians, people around the world took to protesting against Russia in a show of solidarity for Ukraine.
Show this video to your students [1:17]:
Protests Worldwide Show Solidarity with Ukraine
People around the world not only protested against Russia, but they also donated time, money, and resources to help Ukrainian refugees fleeing from the violent war happening in their country.
- How do you think it affects people experiencing deep suffering when other people show their support in tangible ways? (Answers will vary; the people might feel relieved to have their needs met; the people might feel comforted and less alone, etc.)
When people have an obvious need, something that involves pain and suffering, we notice and respond through acts of love and support because we care about other people. We want people to know there is hope and that we care.
- In what other situations do people reach out to offer support for others? (Answers will vary but might include when they want to honor someone for doing something well, if they are celebrating something special, if they just need a little encouragement.)
- What if we took this beyond people who are in difficult or special situations, to people who are in jobs that require a lot out of them? What are some jobs where the workers could use some encouragement, specifically from those whom they serve? (Answers will vary; teachers; parents; law enforcement; fire department; medical community; sanitation; military; etc.)
- What are some of their duties that might go unnoticed that require a lot of energy, time, emotion, and dedication? (Answers will vary depending on the answer to the previous question.)
We celebrate various people in our lives that serve us in some way, but we often forget about the leaders in our church who spend so much time and energy to help us. It is both admirable and wonderful that people help and honor those who are struggling. It is also our Christian responsibility to honor our godly leaders with a similar enthusiasm. Let’s see what Scripture tells us about that.