Children’s Sermon

John 3:1-17

Goes with You Everywhere

By Lois Parker Edstrom


Fresh or dried lavender. Lavender products such as soap, lotion or sachets. (Be aware that some people are allergic to various fragrances.)

Picture of a field of lavender

Lavender is one of the most delightful of flowers in the garden. It has a lovely purplish-blue color and is very fragrant. I’ve brought some lavender for you to smell, if you would like to become familiar with the scent.

Oil from the lavender plant is used to make soaps, lotions and perfumes. Lavender is also dried and tied into little sachets which are put in closets and drawers to keep clothes and bed linens smelling fresh. Some say that placing sprigs of lavender under their pillows help them relax and enjoy restful sleep. Pass these items around and enjoy the wonderful fragrance.

What a treat to see lavender growing the garden. If you touch it or brush against it lavender will leave its scent on your hands and clothes.

Our lesson for today is about the Spirit of God. In the Bible we find this verse: “The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but don’t know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit” (3:8).

God’s Spirit lives in us and that may be a difficult thing to understand. We know about our bodies, but The Spirit is something we cannot see. It is like the wind which we can hear, but cannot see, or a fragrance which we smell, but cannot see.

After you leave the garden, if you have touched the lavender plant, you will smell its scent your hands and clothes, even though you can’t see it. The fragrance goes with you everywhere.

The Spirit is like that. It goes with us everywhere like a lovely fragrance, reminding us of the Presence of God, helping us make good choices and have a joyful life.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan