The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to Mary. And Gabriel said to her, "Greetings, favored one! Do not be afraid! The Lord is with you. You will conceive and bear a son, and you will name him Jesus." -- Luke 1:26-31 cf
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. -- John 1:14a (RSV)
She was shelling peas, apron-covered knees spread wide to catch each pea / each pod I, shaky, needy / wandered near Her ancient swollen hands / pushed back the hair / that hid my face
“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?