March 11, 2012
Third Sunday in Lent
lectionary focus: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25
For a long time, we thought it was impossible for bumblebees to fly. We thought their bodies were too big and their wings too fine. And yet, they fly. So we studied them to see what we could learn from this impossible thing. Now we know–bumblebees fly more like helicopters than airplanes.*(source) God is smart and God is strong. The bumblebee flies because God created it to fly and God calls it to be what it is.
So many things in life seem impossible. You, too, will each be called at some time to do some thing that seems impossible. Maybe you will feel that you are not smart enough or that you are not strong enough to do this thing. But when God calls you–that means you can do it.
Last week we remembered that we are in covenant with God. This week our Bible story reminds us that God is smarter than we are, that God is stronger than we are. And in God’s strength and wisdom, He created us each to be who we are, to do what He calls us to do.
During this season of Lent, we listen for God to see what we can learn, to see how we can grow, to see how we can fly. And we know that with God, we can live the life God calls us to live, we can be what we are called to be.
Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it back.)
to do what You call me to do
even if it seems impossible.
With You Lord
I can be
what You call me to be.
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