Preschoolers are continuing the story of Joseph and forgiveness within families.
Primary grades are reading about Elijah and the widow. In this story, both Elijah and a widow are in dire circumstances. Elijah had just told King Ahab that there would be no rain, except by his word, for the next few years. Not very popular with the king, he was hiding out; drinking from a brook and existing on food ravens brought him (as instructed by God). Now I'm thinking Elijah must have a lot of trust in God to rely on ravens for food.
Nevertheless, the brook dried up and God told him to look up this widow. When she found out he wanted food, she told him she only had enough for one more meal, after which she and her son would die.
Now here is where the story gets interesting; full of meaning. Elijah convinces her to go home and make him some bread.
she feeds him, she is to make a meal for herself and her son. Elijah tells her, "The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land." 1Kings 17:14 And that is what happened. Despite her hardship, she served Elijah first. Despite her fear, she trusted and received a blessing. Our various themes this week are "Listen to God", "Trust God", and "We can feed others."
Fifth through seventh graders are reading about the great flood.