Teaching children to swim can be challenging. You can't pull them out of the water completely -- after all, that would defeat the purpose! It's not reasonable to refuse to teach them to swim. This is an ability that they may find useful later in life, and it will give them and their families peace of mind if they are ever on a boat or near a body of water. But water can be dangerous. Many children drown every year. When teaching a child to swim, you have to be extra careful. Did they take a big enough breath? If I pull them out too quickly, will they ever learn how to swim on their own?
“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?