Nature Corner: Cranberries
Cranberries are in some of our favorite holiday sweet dishes. But, did you know that cranberries are actually very sour? You have to add a lot of sugar to cranberries to make them taste good. The Bible says in Psalm 34:17-19, "The Lord hears good people when they cry out to him. He saves them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted. He saves those whose spirits have been crushed. People who do what is right may have many problems. But the Lord will solve them all." Sometimes, we have bitter trials in life, but prayer sweetens them up and makes them easier to bear.
Memory Mastery: God's Special Book
We are now working on learning about God's Special Book, the Bible. Children who can answer questions correctly about the Bible will receive a sample of sheep's wool to add to their Bible artifact collection.
Mission Mail: Listening to God
Dear Patterson Kids,
My name is Raluca, and I live in Romania.
One day while walking home from school I saw a poster about Bible meetings. Then, I heard about them on the TV. I told my mom that we needed to go to those meetings, so mother agreed to take me.
When the day of the meetings came, mother said she had too much housework to do. I wanted to go to the meetings so badly that I helped mother with all her housework. We finished just in time to leave to go to the meetings.
At the meetings, mother and I learned lots of wonderful things about the Bible and our new friend, Jesus. Even father came and liked it.
Do you like to learn more about the Bible?
Bible Story: Hannah's Prayer Answered
References: 1 Samuel 1; 2:1-11, 18-21; PP 569-574
During the time of the Judges, Elkanah of the tribe of Ephraim took his wife Hannah up to the house of God every year to worship God. On one visit, Hannah prayed fervently to the Lord - "Oh Lord, You know I have no children. Please give me a son, and I will dedicate him to your service all the days of his life." When Hannah told Priest Eli that she was asking the Lord for something very special to her, Priest Eli said, "The Lord grant you what you asked of Him." Hannah went home happy because she knew that God would answer her prayer.
God did answer her prayer. She finally had a baby boy. She named her baby Samuel, which means, God listens to my prayers. When Elkanah invited Hannah to go to the house of God to worship, Hannah said, "I will not go until I finish nursing my son. Then, I will take him to God's house to live there forever."
When Samuel was weaned, Hannah brought him to the house of God along with a special offering. She went straight to Priest Eli and said, "Here is the child that I asked of God. I am giving him to you to be your helper in God's house." Priest Eli thanked Hannah for giving him a little helper.
Every year, when Hannah went to God's house to worship and visit her son, Samuel, she brought him a new robe that she made for him. God blessed Hannah with more children after that. And little Samuel was a blessing to God serving in His house.
Our prayer verse is Proverbs 20:11, which says, "Even a child is known by his deeds, whether what he does is pure and right" (NKJV). Hannah raised Samuel to love and obey God. He did what was pure and right. He was a good helper. Do your actions show that you love to do what is pure and right?
Dear Father God, Help me love to do what is pure and right, so that I may be a good helper, like Samuel. In Jesus' Name, Amen
Table Time: Samuel Coloring Page