A little boy went with his mother to see the movie Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. They entered the dark room late, just in time to see the old witch give Snow White the poisoned apple.
They got through to the end of the movie, and stayed on to see the first part of the movie in its second showing. When they came to that scene again, with the old witch, the mother arose and started out of the theater, with the little boy in her hand.
But he kept looking back over his shoulder, and said to his mom: "If Snow White eats that poisoned apple again, she's crazy!"
I am so happy to see you this morning. How are you? (children may respond)
Let's play a game I call “Lost and Found.” Okay? (children respond)
(presenter role plays) Uh, oh, I lost something for today's message. Hmm, I wonder where it could be. It's a box like this. (shows approximate dimensions) (instruct the children to look around the immediate area) (then presenter or child finds it)
Since the Fourth Sunday in Lent has been historically identified as Laetare (Rejoicing Sunday), it is most appropriate that the lessons collectively testify to a theme for which we can rejoice — God saves us by his grace!
In this familiar and well-loved story of the Prodigal Son, I often wonder what happened to the mother of the family. She's totally ignored. So are any daughters. It seems like a completely male stronghold. So much so that I wonder whether perhaps the mother had died some years previously, and that was the cause of much of the unhappiness displayed by both the father and the sons. Or whether the father was such a domineering character that his wife played no real part in family life, but simply bowed her head in compliance with all his wishes, no matter how extreme they were.