Children’s Sermon

Matthew 15:10-28

Fixing Hurts

By Lois Parker Edstrom

OBJECTS SUGGESTED: An assortment of band-aids.

When do we need band-aids? Yes, when we have been hurt. A band-aid covers the injury and keeps wound clean so it will not become infected. Here is a band-aid we could use on an arm. Here is one that would fit over the tip of a finger. Here is a round one that would go on a small wound. Here is a large, square band-aid that could be used on a scraped knee.

What kind of a band-aid would we use when someone says something that hurts you? There isn’t anything that would cover that kind of hurt is there? That is the type of hurt that doesn’t show.

Jesus talks about that very thing in the Bible. He says, “…it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” The word defile means dirty or unclean. Jesus cautions us to be aware of what we say. Words are powerful and can hurt. Words that are not true can damage a reputation. That kind of injury cannot be covered over with a band-aid. Let’s remember to keep our words clean and true.

–– Copyright 2008, Richard Niell Donovan