On a construction site, the workers had just placed explosives for a large explosion where
a rock ledge had to be removed for the road construction. Danger signs were everywhere
so workers thought there was no danger, but just after the fuse was lit, a little girl came
running up to check things out. The workers began yelling, to warn her away, but instead
she ran away from their warning voices. Fortunately, in a moment the mother came and
sensing the danger to anyone who might try to save her, the mother knelt down, and said,
"Come quickly to mommy, I want to hold you in my arms."
“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?