CHILDREN BROCHURE MORAVIAN CHURCH – BARBADOS CONFERENCE Provincial Theme: Advance the Kingdom: S.H.I.F.T. S. – Seek & Submit H. – Hear & Heed I. – Imagine & Insight F. – Focus & Function T. – Totally Transformed S.H.I.F.T. Age: 13 yrs. & Over February 28 Sing with me: Happiness Memory verse: Matthew 5:4 Good News Translation (GNT) “Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them!” Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1: 3 – 5 GNT Read with me Paul Gives Thanks to God 3 Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the merciful Father, the God from whom all help comes! 4 He helps us in all our troubles, so that we are able to help others who have all kinds of troubles, using the same help that we ourselves have received from God. 5 Just as we have a share in Christ's many sufferings, so also through Christ we share in God's great help. Let us talk about it Last week we looked at the first Beatitude. Blessed are the poor in spirit. Today we go on to look at another blessing which Jesus gave us. Blessed are those who mourn, God will comfort them. The Bible translation that we are reading says “Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them!” Matthew 5:4 GNT. Two questions I want to ask you are: (1) What is meant by mourn? Mourn has been defined as - to feel or show deep sorrow or regret for someone at their death, or to feel regret or sadness at the loss or disappearance of something. Generally, we talk of mourning when we have lost a loved one, usually through death. Or when we have lost something very dear to us. Have you lost a relative? How close were you to that person? Did you lose a pet - a dog? A cat? A mouse? Fish? At the time of death, we go into a period of mourning. Some people are inconsolable at such a time. The second question is this: What is there to be happy about? But the verse tells it. God will comfort you. Yes, at a time of mourning. the loss of a loved one, you hear things such as – he/she has gone to heaven to be with Jesus; he/she is in a better place. At this time, people around you do all they could to comfort you. If it is a pet you have lost, you are promised another one; you may be given all types of replacements. What the verse tells us is that God will comfort us. But no matter how much we try to remember our loved ones have moved on to a better place, we still grieve. It’s a natural process and it takes time to heal. During the darkest times, it’s important to turn to our friends, family, and faith for support. But remember God comes in all forms. It might be in the presence of a relative, or a friend. The point is that we will be comforted, and we begin to feel happy. We feel happy about the death of the person, we feel happy about the pet, we begin to focus on all the good and happy times, and yes, we start to feel happy again. You see, happiness is brought about by the things that happen to us. It is an attitude we have because of what we have in our heart. We are happy because we know God will never abandon us during our times of grief — He will always provide us with love and hope. By giving all our sorrow up to God, over time, He will replace the bad feeling with joy, peace and hope. We may feel lost and confused during painful times, but God has a reason and plan for everything. He knows where we are going and how we are getting there, so we need to place all our faith and trust in Him. No matter where our journey in life takes us, God is with us in spirit. Thus our happiness will be assured. Like Paul, let us comfort others who need to be comforted. Let us pray Dear Jesus, You have promised to comfort me in the time of morning. I bring my loss to You now, and pour my heart out to You asking for Your shield and comfort. Make me strong, give me courage, give me the joy of believing that you will never leave me nor forsake me. I thank You for Your mercies to me, now and always. Amen. Activity Before we look at our Lenten facts, I just want you to complete the following table. Cause for sorrow Action to help 1. Your friend was a bowler in the school’s cricket team. The team lost their last four matches and was kicked out of the tournament. Write two ways you help to comfort your friend who feels he is responsible for the team’s demise. 2. Your father was laid off from work as a result of the recent COVID lockdown. He is feeling very unhappy as there is not enough money in the house for all the things that are needed.

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