Have you ever experienced something so amazing that you wish you could just stay in that moment forever, and never go home? Share with the children a time in your life (preferably from your childhood) that you felt that way. It doesn’t have to be deep and meaningful, just a moment that you didn’t want to end. Then allow children to share a few ideas from their lives.
In today’s scripture some of the disciples had a moment with Jesus that was so special they wanted to stay there forever. As you listen to the scripture I want you to pay attention to what Peter said to Jesus. Read Mark 9:2-8 from Ralph Milton’s Lectionary Story Bible Year B. Wow! Can you imagine being with Jesus and watching him begin to shine like the sun and then hearing a voice from the sky?!? I’m not surprised the disciples felt a little scared by that experience. I would be too! Now remember I asked you to pay special attention to Peter. Does anyone remember what Peter said to Jesus in that moment? Allow children to answer that he asked Jesus if he should build some houses and just stay there. Later, Peter knew that what he said was probably a little silly. But he was so amazed by the experience that he didn’t know what to say. He just wanted to stay right there forever. If something like that happened to me, I’d want to remember it forever too.
When something special happens to us, what can we do to help ourselves remember the moment? Allow children to generate ideas (Ex: take a picture, write about it, draw about it, video it, etc.) Mark said something in this story that I thought was really important to remember. When he was listening to Peter’s story he said, “I don’t understand. Every time I think I understand, I hear something new. Then I have to think about it all over again.” Those special moments are like that. They mean one thing to us right when they happen, but then as we think about them again the next day, or the next week, or even the next year they can begin to mean something new. Understanding Jesus is like that. We learn and understand more every day. And as our ideas and understanding changes so does our relationship with God.
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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