Power drinks and nutritional power bars are all the rage with athletes these days.
Commercials hype them on television, pro athletes endorse them, and coaches encourage
their use. The implication from most of these advertisements and endorsements is that if
you want to be a super athlete, use of Product X will catapult you into the winner's circle.
The unwritten message: if you don't use Product X, you don't stand a chance.
But do these products really deliver the power that they promise? There is no doubt that
“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?