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Planning for A Baby

 

Based on 1 Samuel 1:1-18

Written by C. Gillan Byrne.

© 2010, C. Gillan Byrne. Young Child Ministries. Thousand Oaks, CA.

 

Hannah had married a kind man. His name was Elkanah.

Hannah and Elkanah had a beautiful home.

Hannah and Elkanah had lots of friends.

Hannah and Elkanah had lots of animals.

But, Hannah and Elkanah did not have a baby.

 

Oh, how Hannah wanted a baby!

Her friends had babies, lots of babies, but she didn’t have one. Not a single one.

 

It didn’t seem fair.  She played with children. She studied children. She taught children.

But Hannah had not even one child of her own. Oh, how she wanted a child of her own.

 

Hannah cried and cried because she did not have a baby of her own. (Have you ever been so sad that you cried and cried?).

 

She even prayed about it. A lot! (Have you ever prayed for something very special?)

 

Still, Hannah and Elkanah did not have a baby.

 

Then one day, Hannah and Elkanah took a special trip. They went on a long journey to the temple in Shiloh. A temple is a type of church; but it is a special church. Hannah and Elkanah went to this special temple church once a year for a special festival.

 

During the festival, Hannah and Elkanah sat down to eat. But Hannah was so sad because she did not have a baby that she was not able to eat or drink. Oh, my! She was so sad! (Can you show me sad?)

 

Finally, she decided to go to the temple by herself and pray to God yet again for a baby of her own. This time when she prayed, she made God a promise.

 

“Oh, Lord, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime.”

 

Hannah promised God that her little boy would belong to God. He would belong to God and serve God his whole life. (Do you think God will give her a little boy?)

 

Now, Hannah was kneeling before God’s temple. Her hands were folded, her head bowed and her eyes were shut tight. She was so full of sadness that she did not pray out loud. She was praying silently, in her mind. As she prayed, her lips moved.

 

Just then, High Priest Eli noticed Hannah praying. He saw her on her knees. He saw her hands folded. He saw her eyes shut tight. He also saw her lips moving; but he did not hear words coming from her mouth!

High Priest Eli walked over to Hannah and scolded her. He said: “Must you come here drunk? Throw away your wine!”

 

“I… I… I am not drunk,” Hannah replied. “I’m just too sad to speak. I was praying to God for a baby; I so want a baby!”

 

High Priest Eli was sorry he had spoken unkindly to Hannah. He felt sad for her. He tried to comfort her and said: “Go in peace. And God grant your prayer.”

 

Hannah stopped crying. She wiped away her tears. She smiled at High Priest Eli. Then she went back to her husband Elkanah and smiled at him.

 

God was going to answer her prayer. She was sure of that!

 

God Has Special Plans for Us (Dedication)

 

Based on 1 Samuel 1:19-28 & 2:1-11, 18-21, 26

Written by C. Gillan Byrne.

© 2010, C. Gillan Byrne. Young Child Ministries. Thousand Oaks, CA.

 

Do you remember Hannah?

Do you remember her prayer to God?

What did she pray for?

What did she promise God?

 

After the festival in Shiloh, Hannah and Elkanah went back home. Before long, the most wonderful thing happened: The Bible says that “the Lord remembered her” and Hannah was going to have a baby!  

 

Oh! Hannah was so happy! (Have you ever been really, really happy?)

Can you imagine Hannah’s happiness? (Show me the sign for “happy”.)

 

Hannah made so many special plans for her baby. She prepared clothes for her baby. She prepared a bed for her baby. Most of all, Hannah prayed for her baby. Every day she prayed for her baby. Every day she reminded God that she was dedicating her baby to Him. Every day she promised God that her baby would serve God for his entire life.

 

Soon, it was time for the baby to be born. And guess what? Hannah had a baby boy! And she loved him and she cuddled him. She fed him and she changed him. She played with him and comforted him. She did all the things for her baby boy that mommy’s do for their babies.

 

The Bible says Hannah called his name “Samuel, because I have asked him of the Lord.” (Isn’t that a wonderful name?) Oh, how Hannah loved her little Samuel. She loved to cuddle him. She loved to feed him. She loved to change him and bathe him. Most of all, Hannah loved to pray with him.

 

Even as a little baby, Hannah prayed with Samuel. She taught him how to hold his hands just so. She taught him how to bow his head downward. She taught him how to close his eyes. She even taught him how to kneel down in reverence.

 

Then one day, when Samuel was still a very little boy, his daddy, Elkanah, asked Hannah if she and little Samuel would like to go to the temple in Shiloh to pray and worship God.

 

Hannah answered, “No. Not this year. The journey is long and Samuel is not yet ready.” So, for the next few years, Hannah and little Samuel did not travel to the temple in Shiloh. Samuel stayed close to his mother and Hannah carefully taught him all about God and all the creations which God had made such as animals, plants, the mountains and the stars. 

 

When Samuel was about six years old, Hannah told Samuel, “It is time now for you to go to the temple in Shiloh. In the temple you will serve the Lord. You will have many jobs to do. You must do all your work very well.”

 

Hannah had promised God that Samuel would be dedicated to Him. She had promised God that Samuel would serve Him for his entire life. Now, Hannah was keeping her promise to God.

 

Elkanah, Hannah and young Samuel traveled to the temple in Shiloh. When she saw High Priest Eli, Hannah said, “Do you remember me? I am the woman that stood here praying to the Lord. The Lord heard my prayer and blessed me with this child. Now, I am lending him to the Lord just as I promised God.”

 

Then, Hannah began to praise God for little Samuel. She knew that Samuel would be safe in God’s care and she was happy to give God her son.

 

When Hannah and Elkanah went home, Samuel stayed in Shiloh at the temple. High Priest Eli was to be his teacher now. He wore the special clothing the priests wore and did all his work very, very well.

 

Every day, Hannah remembered to pray for Samuel. Every year, when Hannah visited, she brought him a new coat that she had made with her own hands.

 

The Bible says, “the child Samuel grew on, and was in favor both with God and also with men.”

 

Samuel, even though he was a very young boy, was learning to love and obey God. He loved and obeyed his mother. He loved and obeyed High Priest Eli. And everyone who came to the temple could see that Samuel was serving God. (Isn’t that wonderful?)

 


Call of God

 

Based on 1 Samuel 3:1-10

Written by C. Gillan Byrne.

© 2010, C. Gillan Byrne. Young Child Ministries. Thousand Oaks, CA.

 

Samuel lived in the temple at Shiloh. He did not have a bedroom like your or I, though. No. In fact, Samuel did not have a bedroom at all! But he did sleep in a very, very special place.

 

Every night, after worship and prayer, Samuel took his bed and pillow and unrolled them. He would make himself a nice, comfortable bed right inside the temple! The Bible says that Samuel lay down to sleep in the temple of the Lord to make sure the lamp of God did not go out. It was his job to make sure the candle lamp never burned out; it was to burn all day, all night. It was such an important job, Samuel even slept in the temple to make sure the candle lamps never stopped burning.

 

It must have been very peaceful to sleep in God’s temple, beside God’s candle lamp. Surely Samuel felt safe and secure in God’s house.

 

Then, one night, while Samuel was sleeping in the temple, the Lord called his name. Samuel thought it was High Priest Eli who had called his name, so he ran to Eli’s room and said, “Here am I, for you called me.”

 

High Priest Eli woke up and looked at young Samuel. “I did not call you. Lie down again.”

 

Obediently, Samuel went back to his bed inside the temple of God.

 

Pretty soon, he heard his name being called again. Thinking it was High Priest Eli, Samuel again ran to Eli’s room and said, “Here am I, for you called me.”

 

Again, High Priest Eli woke up and looked at young Samuel. “I did not call you, my son. Lie down again.”

 

Obediently, Samuel went back to his bed inside the temple of God. He was sure someone had called his name; but who?

 

Soon, Samuel again heard his name being called. Again, for the third time, he ran to the room of High Priest Eli and said, “Here am I, for you did call me!”

 

This time, High Priest Eli knew what to say. “Go, lie down. If He calls your name again, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’”

 

Samuel walked slowly back to his bed inside the temple of God. Could this be true? Was God really calling his name?

 

As he lay down on his bed, Samuel was very quiet. He listened. He waited. He looked around the temple room.

 

Then, softly, God called to him again. “Samuel… Samuel.”

 

Quietly, Samuel answered, “Speak; for your servant is listening.”

 

The Bible says that the Lord came into the temple and stood and talked with Samuel. 

 

What an amazing story! God stood beside Samuel’s bed and talked with him. Samuel had learned to love and obey God. Because he was faithful, Samuel was ready to work for God – even as a young child.

 

Would you like to be ready to work for God, too?
 

 

I Serve God; I Help Others (Service)

 

Based on Patriarchs and Prophets, pp. 603-615

Written by C. Gillan Byrne.

© 2010, C. Gillan Byrne. Young Child Ministries. Thousand Oaks, CA.

 

As a young boy, Samuel learned to love and obey his mother. (Do you remember her name?)

 

When he went to live at the temple, Samuel learned to love and obey High Priest Eli.

 

Learning to love and obey his mother and Eli taught him to love and obey God.

 

As a result, even before he was all grown up, God asked Samuel to work for Him. To work for God was a very important job. And it meant that Samuel would have a lot of very important things to do.  

 

First of all, Samuel was a priest of God. That means he was a pastor; a minister; an evangelist for God. When all the people of Israel were worshipping idols, Samuel would come to town and tell them about God. He would tell them about God’s love. He would tell them to worship the God of Heaven, not the silly idols that do not hear or see.

 

Samuel had another job. He was a judge. When people began to fight, Samuel’s job was to teach them how to be fair and honest. He was a good judge and the people trusted him. Trusting Samuel was important because Samuel was working for God.

 

Samuel was also a prophet for God. God spoke to Samuel all the time. He told Samuel many things. This helped Samuel make good decisions. This helped Samuel be a good leader for the people of Israel. Samuel listened to God. By listening to God, Samuel helped many, many people.

 

One of Samuel’s favorite jobs was teaching. He taught boys in two different schools and he loved teaching. The boys who came to school wanted to learn about God and they were very good students for Samuel. Being a teacher was very important because teachers help other people become good workers for God.

 

Probably Samuel’s most important job was praying. Because he worked for God, he prayed to God a lot. He prayed for his family. He prayed for his friends. He prayed for his students. He even prayed for all the people of Israel. In some places, he set up large stones to help remind the people of Israel to pray to the God of Heaven.

 

For many years, every time the people of Israel saw the large stones, they would remember that God is wonderful and powerful. This made Samuel very happy. He wanted everyone to know about God. He wanted everyone to love God. He wanted everyone to trust God. Samuel was a very good worker for God.

 

(Would you like to be a good worker for God, too?)
 
All stories:

Written by C. Gillan Byrne.

© 2010, C. Gillan Byrne. Young Child Ministries. Thousand Oaks, CA.

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