Matthew 11:28; John 14:16-17, 26-27; John 16:27, 33
At a time of grief and sorrow and heartache, the Holy Spirit is our Comforter, speaking peace to our souls, providing heavenly strength, granting divine power, reassuring our hearts, deepening our faith, and increasing our hope.
Hear again the words of Jesus himself:
I will pray to the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever. -- John 14:16
“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?