1 Samuel 25:1
Today’s lesson comes from a single verse:
Then Samuel died and the Israelites gathered together and lamented for him, and buried him at his home in Ramah…
Samuel the great prophet and leader of Israel was gone. But how did the people respond? It says they gathered and lamented. What does “lamented” mean? It means to express sorrow or grief. In other words, they got together and talked about how sad they were. Have you ever gone to a funeral, memorial, or viewing? These are gatherings that we have in our culture for that purpose. A time when we get together with family and friend and talk about how important a person was to us and how much we will miss them.
There is nothing wrong with grief. As Christians we know that Christians who die go to heaven and that is a very happy place, but those of us left behind are sad because we miss them. That is not wrong, just natural. It is important that we express this sadness to God and others so that we can move on with a healthy life.
If your child has been to a funeral or memorial, have them tell you about it and discuss how it made them feel. If not, explain common things that occur so that when they do need to go to one they will be prepared! It is much better to prepare them now, when no one is grieving, than trying to explain it at the time.