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By Richard Niell Donovan
OBJECT: A lamp. It could be a utility light on a cord. The lamp should be unplugged. You also need to check to make sure that there is an electrical outlet near where you will be delivering the children’s sermon. You should plug the lamp into that outlet and test it to make sure that the lamp works when plugged into that outlet.
As you can see, this is a lamp. When I bought it, I thought it was a nice lamp, but I can’t seem to get it to work today. (Turn the switch on and off). You see, when I try to turn it on, nothing happens. Would someone like to try it?
(They will probably be eager to take turns trying to turn on the lamp––but someone will probably mention that it is not plugged in. That opens the door for you to talk about being connected to Jesus, who is our source of spiritual power.)
You see, it didn’t work. I couldn’t make it work, and you couldn’t make it work. Can anyone guess why it won’t work?
That’s right. This lamp won’t work, because it isn’t plugged in. It isn’t connected to an electrical outlet. I wonder how we could fix that. Does anyone know how to fix it?
That’s a good idea. We need to plug the lamp in to an electrical outlet. There’s an electrical outlet right over here. Let’s try it. I’ll plug in the lamp’s plug (do it). Now would anyone like to see if the lamp will work?
(The children will probably be eager to take turns turning the light on and off. Give them a chance to do that.)
The lamp worked better when it was connected to the electricity, didn’t it.
Jesus said that we’re like that. He said that we work better when we are connected to him.
But how can we be connected to Jesus? What can we do to develop a strong relationship with him?
For one thing, we can do what you did today. You came to church, where you could worship Jesus––where you could learn about him––where you could pray to him.
Another way to be connected to Jesus is to try to live like he would want us to live. He wants us to love one another. He wants us to treat each other with respect. He wants us to be honest. When we try to live like Jesus wants us to live, that helps us to be connected to Jesus.
Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan