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God told Elijah to take a message to King Ahab. So Elijah told the king: “God says, ‘No rain for one-two-three years!’ ” (Count on your child’s fingers.) King Ahab (point to the king) is angry at God. He is angry at Elijah, too. (Point to Elijah.) Elijah is God’s friend. God will hide Elijah. Run, Elijah, run! The king is looking for you. (Shade your eyes; look around.) Run and hide Elijah. (Run with child around the table.)
God told Elijah to take a message to King Ahab. So Elijah told the king: “God says, ‘No rain for one-two-three years!’ ” (Count on your child’s fingers.) King Ahab (point to the king) is angry at God. He is angry at Elijah, too. (Point to Elijah.) Elijah is God’s friend. God will hide Elijah. Run, Elijah, run! The king is looking for you. (Shade your eyes; look around.) Run and hide Elijah. (Run with child around the table.)
Where is Elijah? (Child points to Elijah.) Hiding, hiding. Elijah is hiding from mean King Ahab. (Together, hide behind a chair and finish reading this page.) The king cannot see Elijah. Nobody can see God’s friend. (Shade eyes, look around.) But God can see Elijah. God takes good care of His friend. (Clap.)
Where is Elijah? (Child points to Elijah.) Hiding, hiding. Elijah is hiding from mean King Ahab. (Together, hide behind a chair and finish reading this page.) The king cannot see Elijah. Nobody can see God’s friend. (Shade eyes, look around.) But God can see Elijah. God takes good care of His friend. (Clap.)
Shh! (Finger to lips. Whisper.) Listen, listen. What does Elijah hear? Elijah hears the water. (Point to the water.) Elijah hears wind in the trees. And God hears Elijah pray. (Clasp hands in prayer.) Rest, Elijah, rest. Rest by the water.
Shh! (Finger to lips. Whisper.) Listen, listen. What does Elijah hear? Elijah hears the water. (Point to the water.) Elijah hears wind in the trees. And God hears Elijah pray. (Clasp hands in prayer.) Rest, Elijah, rest. Rest by the water.
Drinking, drinking. (Pretend to drink.) Elijah has lots of water. But where is Elijah’s food? (Point to Elijah and the bare rocks around him.) There is no food for Elijah. No bread. No rice. No potatoes.
Drinking, drinking. (Pretend to drink.) Elijah has lots of water. But where is Elijah’s food? (Point to Elijah and the bare rocks around him.) There is no food for Elijah. No bread. No rice. No potatoes.
See the big black birds. They fly in the sky. (Pretend to fly.) Big black birds bring food for Elijah. They bring bread. (Pretend to eat.) Yum-yum-yum! The birds brought bread for Elijah to eat. (Clasp hands in prayer.) “Thank You for the bread. Thank You, God, for sending the big black birds.”
See the big black birds. They fly in the sky. (Pretend to fly.) Big black birds bring food for Elijah. They bring bread. (Pretend to eat.) Yum-yum-yum! The birds brought bread for Elijah to eat. (Clasp hands in prayer.) “Thank You for the bread. Thank You, God, for sending the big black birds.”
It is time to sleep. Elijah kneels and talks to God. (Kneel and close eyes.) “Thank You, God, for this safe place. Thank You for the water. Thank You for the big black birds and for the food. Thank You for loving me. Amen.” (Hug your child.)
It is time to sleep. Elijah kneels and talks to God. (Kneel and close eyes.) “Thank You, God, for this safe place. Thank You for the water. Thank You for the big black birds and for the food. Thank You for loving me. Amen.” (Hug your child.)