A Time For Hope

This past week in Children’s Church, we discussed what it means to “hope” and focused on some of the Bible stories that demonstrate hope. We even tried out spelling H-O-P-E as human letters. We had just the right amount of kids lying on the floor to spell out the word. This was a new experience for the kids, spelling out words as a team of bodies, but everyone worked together to make H-O-P-E happen.

“God’s Word says that when we trust in God, he’ll renew our strength, he’ll help us while we wait.” (text from our lesson) What are you waiting for? Have you shared your hopes with God?

We learned that sometimes God answers our prayers right away, sometimes it takes up to 400 years (as in the case of the people of Israel waiting to be saved from Pharaoh’s wrath), and sometimes he doesn’t provide what we hope because he has greater different things in store for us.

When our conversation turned to Moses parting the Red Sea, the kids were amazed! It took some time to plant the vision of the sea actually parting so people could walk through. And once they got it, the questions came: “But what about the coral? Didn’t it cut their feet?” “Do you think they could see the fish?” Wow, they must have had to walk a long time to walk through a whole sea!” “Why couldn’t the Egyptian soldiers chasing the Israelites walk through the sea?” It was a fun conversation and the mighty works of God definitely captured the attention of the children. As I was teaching the lesson, I thought to myself how many times that we as adults might read that same passage and forget to marvel at the really wondrous task that God commanded Moses so the Israelites could be set free. Parting a sea – Wow!

We also discussed the struggles that Moses went through to try to convince Pharaoh to free God’s people. The Israelites worked incredibly hard to make bricks, and when they tried to request time to worship God, Pharaoh responded by taking away their straw they used to make the bricks but not reducing their daily quotas. However, despite all of Pharaoh’s attempts at distracting the Israelites from believing in their God, their hope prevailed until they were eventually made free.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Amen. (Romans 15:13)

Wendy Saathoff

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