Today's lesson reminds us that during the season of the church mission (Pentecost) we
need to watch what we pray for, as we might get it! Job had been appealing to God for
many chapters for a response. Finally, God responds in a whirlwind and overwhelms Job
with responses that leave the righteous man without a good response.
First Church had been praying to God for a direction for their dying congregation for
several months. This old church had homeless people and teenagers hanging around the
“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?