Hands Are For Healing

I bet you have been sick before right? At this time of year, it seems like people get sick a lot! When you feel sick is there anyone that helps you feel better? Allow children to share who helps them to feel better when they are sick. What does your {Mom, Dad, etc} do to help you feel better? As children share focus your response on anything done with hands. So if the child says something like, “My mom hugs me” you might say, “That must feel good when your Mom uses her hands to hold you tight.”

This week our Bible story shows us that Jesus helped people feel better when they were sick. Read Mark 1:29-31 and Psalm 147 from Ralph Milton’s Lectionary Story Bible – Year B. Jesus was a busy, important man. But he took time to sit with Eunice and help her feel better. I noticed that Jesus used his hands to help Eunice feel better. How did he use his hands? Allow children to answer. That reminds me of some of the things you told me earlier about your {Moms, Dads, etc}. Many of them used their hands to help you feel better too. Do you remember some of the ways people use their hands to help others feel better? Allow children to list some of the ways already mentioned, and perhaps some new ways they have thought of.

This story tells us that when Eunice felt better she started helping others. Now I don’t know if she got up right away, or if it took her a little while to feel better. But what is important is that she knew how important it was to live like Jesus and help other people. Especially those that are sick or hurting. And that is what Jesus asks us to do, to use our hands to help heal those that are sick and hurting in our lives.

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Every Wednesday I share a lesson based on the lectionary. These lessons are meant to be used for a children’s moment (aka children’s sermon, children’s liturgy, children’s church, etc), sunday school, or even as a family devotion in your own home.

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2 thoughts on “Hands Are For Healing

  1. This is a very powerful message for children (and adults). The healing that comes from being touched is something that cannot be replicated in any other way. Thank you for your gentle thoughts in helping children understand this.

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