Responding to God at Any Age
1 Samuel 3:10 “And the Lord came and stood, calling as at other times, ‘Samuel, Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant hears.'”
The story of Samuel is often included in children’s Sunday school lessons and picture book Bibles. Many of us are familiar with how Samuel’s childless mother, Hannah, prayed to the Lord for a son and, when her prayer was answered, gave him back to the Lord to serve in the temple (1 Samuel 1-2). Just as in many other children’s programs, CrossRoads Kids focused on this part of God’s story this past fall, seeking to unveil the truth that Hannah prayed — God Is Almighty! (1 Samuel 1:11).
In the life of Samuel, however, we also see demonstrated a key component of fellowship with our Almighty God… listening to His voice. Pausing to be still and posture ourselves to hear from God is something that seems to be often overruled by the demands of busy lives, other interests or perhaps even being unaware to do so. To stop and ask the Lord, “Speak, for your servant hears,” is a powerful statement of prayer, and one we aim to incorporate every week in the CrossRoads Kids experience.
Worship Response activities (as titled by the Tru curriculum we use) typically follow the main Bible lesson. They allow the children and leaders to pause, hear what God is saying to them and respond in varying ways. After learning the account from 1 Samuel, for example, the children in Grades 2, 3 and 4 spent time in silent prayer, then responded through watercolor paints about how they needed God to be Lord Almighty in their lives. Often the Worship Response is themed around the week’s Scripture, while other weeks might involve simply praying in a quiet, private moment with God. These response activities are tailored by age-level, but ALL children Kindergarten- Grade 6 participate. It is truly amazing to see children as young as 5-years-old responding to God’s message for them!
Our prayer is that the children (and ourselves!) are continually building this skill of listening into our fellowship with God at church and at home— that we may not merely hear and know, but also listen and respond.
* Worship Response activities will be available to see and experience on the March 1st Remember and Celebrate Sunday in the CrossRoads Kids hallway. We encourage you to also be looking for ways to respond to God together as a family.