Athletes train hard for the chance to stand on the podium with a medal around their necks. And the methods they employ are beneficial for those of us who will never make the podium or even the meet. Some of the principles of training are:
* Train every day. Those who wait for the weekend and then do a "killer" regimen are setting themselves up for injury. * Have a goal. Olympic hopefuls train for a chance to make the Olympic team. We might train to improve endurance, lose ten pounds, or fit into a size four. With no goal or prize in mind, training often stalls.
“And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (v. 52b)
Good morning whoever is out there.
I hope you boys and girls are here this morning. Since I can't see you, let me know if you are actually present. (have the children touch and/or speak and/or sing) (Humor works, like have the children repeat something silly like, “Good morning fantastic, awesome, most highest lord pastor/teacher”)
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.
I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something?