How do you prepare for some big event when you lack one of the most important details? An important detail, like when will it happen? Let's say you are in charge of the preparations but you don't know if you have two days to get ready or two years. Lacking such a significant piece of information can truly get in the way of your planning as well as your enthusiasm. Advent can be like that. We are supposed to use this season to get ready for something. Anticipation fills the air and fills the
“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?