Pressure Points Session 1: Current Events Connection

crutchesOn August 15, 2013, the Associated Press reported that 7 year old Jane Richard was learning how to get around on her prosthetic leg, four months after she was injured in the Boston Marathon bombings. (To learn more about this story, enter “Jane Richard” into the search field at or other Internet search engines). Remarkably, all but one member of this family of five was injured in some way. Jane lost a leg. Her mother lost sight in one eye. Her father suffered hearing loss. And her brother Martin was killed. Only her brother Henry was uninjured.

As you begin this session on The Pressure of Trials, lead you group to consider the day-to-day trials the Richards family will experience. Everything from modifying their house to make it easier for Jane to get around, to driving restrictions for the mother, to the unimaginable grief at losing Martin. Lead group members to discuss what resources they have for coping with trials.

Continue with the session plan as written. At the end of the session, after you direct a volunteer to read the last two sentences of the “Live it Out” section (see page 20 of the Leader Guide), share this quote from the Richards family:

“When [Jane] is able to have [her prosthetic leg] on, she struts around on it with great pride and a total sense of accomplishment. Watching her dance with her new leg, which has her weight primarily on the other leg, is absolutely priceless.”

Say, “It may seem strange to imagine a victim of a bombing ever even feeling like dancing, let alone being able to do so. But that is what joyful trust in God makes possible.”

Conclude with the session as written.

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