1 Kings 19:1-4 (5-7) 8-15a In certain Hollywood movies, such as Oh, God! and Bruce Almighty, the writers had God appear as a human, but it was not in some mighty, majestic display like you might expect. It was rather in the unassuming forms of George Burns and Morgan Freeman, respectively. While these movies may not be looked upon as theologically solid, nor are they meant to be, they do make one interesting point about God: He doesn't always appear in ways we would expect.
“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?