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Children's sermon
a photo of a bumblebee
For nothing will be impossible with God. (v. 37)

Good morning, boys and girls! How are you this morning? (allow answers) Today we're going to talk about things that are impossible. What can you think of that is impossible? (allow answers) There are lots of impossible things. It is impossible for there to be more than 24 hours in a day. It is impossible to lick your elbow. It is impossible to fit an elephant in a car. It is impossible to travel though time.

But do you know what? Sometimes impossible things… are possible. Sometimes impossible things happen. Take this bumblebee. A bumblebee is big and heavy compared to most flying insects. Yet a bumblebee has very small wings. In fact, scientists say that it should be impossible for a bumblebee to fly -- its wings are too small to carry that much weight. But every day, bumblebees buzz through gardens and forests, drinking from flowers and enjoying the sunshine. Bumblebees don't know that they are impossible!

Our gospel lesson today tells us "For God all things are possible." Who can tell me what that means? (allow answers) That means that God can do anything! God is not limited, like humans are, in what he can or cannot do. If God wants to do it, it will be done.

Can you think of any impossible things that God has done in your life? (allow answers) Maybe God has healed someone who was sick. Maybe he has provided you with friends and neighbors to help you or your family get through a difficult, scary, or impossible situation. We can't know all of the ways that God touches our lives, making impossible things possible without us even knowing. But we do know that he has that power. We do know that he loves us enough to want the best for us. We trust in his love and his strength to protect us, nourish us, and help us do good things in the world. Sometimes we might feel like this bumblebee: too big and clumsy to do anything as beautiful as fly. But when God touches our lives, he reminds us that nothing is impossible for him. And suddenly, we are accomplishing wonderful things -- we are flying -- through God who strengthens us. Amen.
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