Novelist Harry Brown shared an Oscar as a screenwriter. His first novel, A Walk in the Sun, came out of his serving as an enlisted man in WWII. In it, one soldier says to another, “There are qualities and grades of fear.” One can hear the voice of experience in those words. Across the Mediterranean from Italy, where A Walk in the Sun was set, Jesus in his time slept in a boat beset by storm. The quality and grade of the disciples’ fear was top of the scale. They knew the lake. They recognized the power of storms. They understood the limitations of their abilities.
“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?