Children’s Sermon

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

Lifted Up

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Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

Lifted Up

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: A container of pansies or other items from nature as mentioned in the children’s sermon.

I like to put something from nature on my table, so I can look at it while I enjoy a meal. It is a way of bringing a piece of God’s creation up close; a way to appreciate the beauty of what God has given us. It could be a seashell, an unusual stone, a small pumpkin or gourd, a pine cone, or flowers. Can you think of other things from nature you would like to put on your table.

Lately I’ve had a pot of beautiful purple pansies on my breakfast table. When I went to the table this morning I saw that the pansies were all drooped over, looking very sad. They needed water. I poured water over the soil and within an hour the pansies had lifted themselves up and were looking happy once again.

Feeling God’s love is like what happens to pansies when they receive a sprinkling of water. God’s love makes us strong and lifts us up.

A prophet in the Bible says, “The Spirit of the Lord (God) is on me” (61:1). This prophet goes on to say that God sent him to preach the good news of God’s love to others and to comfort those who are sad.

When you receive God’s Spirit of Love and have that in your life, you rise up, bringing joy and beauty and comfort to others.

All around us “the earth brings forth its bud” (61:11). You can bloom too. Rise up with God’s love to do good things for others and for the world.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2014, Richard Niell Donovan