Further Connections Of Scripture To The Human Experience
"Come to me, all you who are weary ..."
A reflection on what may be the source of our tiredness.
During the last 24 hours each of our hearts has beat 104,000 times, our blood has traveled 168,000 miles, we breathed 24,000 breaths, and we have inhaled 438 cubic feet of air. We perspired a pint of fluid, we exercised 7,000 brain cells, and we moved 750 muscles. We spoke 4,800 words and generated 450 tons of energy. If you wonder why you are feeling tired, that's the reason. And to make matters worse, you have to do it all over again tomorrow.
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.