I saw on America's Funniest Videos recently a little girl, about five or six years old, in a soft, sweet voice telling her mother how pretty she is. With childlike innocence, she follows the compliment in the same soothing voice by adding, "but you're fat." The mother looks a little surprised and hurt at that remark. The little girl reads her mother's body language and quickly qualifies the remark by saying, "But you're not too fat." Our children in their honesty do have a way of setting us straight, don't they?
“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?