At the entrance to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in the Holy Land, there is a large sign that lists numerous rules for tourists and visitors to follow. Rules like: no weapons allowed, no smoking, and no loitering. One of the rules caught my attention. It said, "Must wear decent attire," except "decent," like many words on signs in English in the Holy Land, was misspelled. It was spelled "d-e-s-c-e-n-t." Must wear descent attire! How appropriate! That is what Jesus wore on Christmas -- he wore his descent attire -- he came to dwell on earth with men and women.
“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?