for Sunday, March 10, 2013
4th Sunday in Lent
lectionary focus: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
prop: dryer lint or lint-catcher from the dryer hidden in a bag
We are now in the Season of Lent, the time we prepare for the Joy and Mystery of Easter. The other day, I was talking to my seven-year-old friend Zachary and he said that Lent was kind of confusing because whenever we said the word Lent he thought of lint…that fuzzy stuff you find in the dryer. This stuff (show the lint). I explained that yes, these words sound alike but their meanings are different. And while their meanings are different, I can see a connection…because…life is messy.
No matter how hard we try, things get messed up. Every time we turn around, we have to make up our beds, wash our hands, put our clothes in the laundry, clear the dining table…the list goes on. And if we don’t clean up and straighten up, our world gets dirty and nasty. But it is not just the things around us that get messy, we, too, have to clean up the mistakes we make. We hurt someone’s feelings or we break something or we think mean thoughts. And if we don’t apologize for our mistakes, our world gets sad and yucky.
But the good news is: there is a prayer for this! Our Bible story today reminds us that when we pray and ask God to forgive us all of our mistakes…little mistakes and big mistakes…that we are forgiven, we are made new. We are washed clean on the inside. The heavy stone of doing wrong is rolled away. We are happy.
Life is messy. And if we pretend that life is not messy, that we do not make mistakes, then we are tricking ourselves and we are separating ourselves from God. It is a good idea to clean up every day…wash and clean and pick up the messes around us. It is a good idea to ask God to forgive us and make us clean on the inside every day. Then we are always new and ready to share God’s love.
Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)
Please forgive me
all of my mistakes.
to clean up my messes.
for making me new
and helping me
share Your love.
We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.