13 So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem, for he ate continually at the king’s table. And he was lame in both his feet. (2 Samuel 9: 13)
Grace - a virtue coming from God
Ask your child if she/he would like to lead the family's prayer time. If not, pray a simple prayer and ask them to recite The Lord's Prayer when you are finished. Be sure to tell them that prayer is talking to God and that they can talk to God anytime about anything.
10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
11 Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this adversity that had come upon him, each one came from his own place—Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. For they had made an appointment together to come and mourn with him, and to comfort him. 12 And when they raised their eyes from afar, and did not recognize him, they lifted their voices and wept; and each one tore his robe and sprinkled dust on his head toward heaven. 13 So they sat down with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his grief was very great. (Job 2:10-13)
But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. (Job 2:10)
the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Take a few minutes to watch and review the video about Job.
Ask the following questions:
Why did Satan attack Job?
What did Job's wife want him to do?
Why did Job's friends think he was suffering?
Why weren't Job's friends helpful when they visited him?
Read Job 2:11-13
What kind of man was Job?
Why was Job suffering?
What did Job's friends think was happening to him?
How could Job's friends have been more helpful?
If Job was your friend, what would you have said to him?
Have you ever broken a glass? Sometimes when we drop or break a glass, our first instinct is to hurry and pick it up so that we can clean up the mess we've made. But if we move too quickly and are not careful, we can hurt ourselves in the process and make things worse. This is what happened with Job's friends. They went to visit Job, and while they may have been trying to make things better, they ended up making things worse for him because they judged him and did not show empathy.
Where did Job's friends go wrong?
Why is empathy important?
What are some ways that you can be a better friend to those in need?
Ask your children to repeat this prayer -
God, my friend needs You in ways that I cannot help them. I do not know how they feel but You do. Give me the insight to see their pain through their eyes. Open my ears to “hear” them. Help me to speak life when I can and close my mouth I cannot. May my friend find Your Presence in my presence.
In Jesus' name,