Humans go to great lengths to look good and some go to even greater lengths to look as though they don't care if others think they look good. An indication of the powerful concern for our own looks is demonstrated in Pierce County, Washington. A few years ago the county was overwhelmed with a methamphetamine epidemic. Research declares that the rapid decline in meth use there has resulted from specific information to teenagers. They were most influenced not to try meth by the photos of toothless, skinny meth users.
“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?