A series of Sunday School lessons based on Psalms
Life can feel overwhelming.
Our children are handling some big emotions. They may be small but the pressures on them can still
be huge. Children are developmentally different to adults and each child is different, but the struggles
and temptations of the human heart remain the same, irrespective of age or stage. The critical difference
of youth is that they are still developing their coping strategies. Let us teach our children to turn to God with
their emotions, so that he can tend to their troubled hearts.
In the Psalms, our children can hear every cry of their hearts echoed, raw and unvarnished. They can
hear their own emotions expressed. They can see their feelings of anxiety, loneliness, doubt or despair
painted in full colour.
In this series those overwhelming emotions are named, described and acknowledged. These are the
monsters that lurk in the darkness for our children, but they do not need to fight them alone and they do not
need to be crushed by them. God is for our children.
In his care, they find their shelter, their companion and their reassurance. His love, faithfulness and
protection are big enough to enfold whatever they are experiencing. Through the Psalms, we can teach our
children to run to God when the monsters loom large in their lives.
The Psalms are corporate. We sing of our God together, reminding one another of truths we are
prone to forget. We want our children to know that relying on God is not something they have to do
alone. We pray that they will treasure their church family as the place where we come together to point
one another back to our loving, rescuing, protecting Heavenly Father. The place where we find help for
our struggles and reassurance that we are right to keep trusting God when life is tough. As they grow, our
children won’t always want to listen to their parents and their parents won’t always be in the next room.
But our children can always be part of a church family that will speak the truth to them in love.
When life overwhelms us, our children can know there is love, safety and victory… with God - together.