Coming this Sunday
Listed below is the opening devotion to the final episode of the COVID-19 lessons for at-home worship with your children. The full episode offers scripture and a devotion, games and activities to help you and your child. The entire lesson will be sent Friday for your Sunday lesson on grief and loss.
God Cares about My Grief and Loss
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. - Matthew 5:4
Painful things happen to all of us in this life. During this pandemic, there is a lot of uncertainty and grief over the losses we’re experiencing. Losses--such as lost ability to gather as a church, lost jobs, lost connections with friends and families, and sometimes, loss of a loved one to COVID--all cause some level of grief.
As Christians and as parents, we may feel that we have to hide our grief from other people. Yet having the joy of the Lord does not mean we must deny our pain and grief.
In this session you will introduce children to five stages of the grieving process: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. The stages leading up to acceptance may bring intense, uncomfortable emotions. Some Christians may think these stages are extreme or unnecessary. This is not the case. Each stage is a natural, even healthy, step in grieving and healing.
Think back on losses you have experienced in the past couple of months. Have you had the space and time to process your grief, or did you feel you had to hide your pain? Spend time now allowing God to comfort you. He knows what you need. He knows your thoughts and emotions, even the ones buried under the surface.
Several weeks ago, the COVID-19 lesson was “I Can Help Others” and here are two pictures that the Davis family sent us.