“Mud & Spit ~ A Muddy Marvel!”~Jesus Heals the Blind Man, Family Faith-On-The-Go Read Together for April 3, 2022

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Jesus could have healed many more people with blindness during his time here on earth.  The stories we know about are told in Matthew 9:27-41, Matthew 20:29-34, Mark 8:22-26, Mark 10:46-52, Luke 18:35-43, and John 9:1-11.  Each scripture passage appears to reassure us that our eyes will be opened because Jesus is The Light in a world of darkness.  Basically, this was a “muddy marvel” filled with wonder!

The passage from the book of John is my favorite, because Jesus says, “I am the light of the world”.  Then, he made the mud with his spit and spread it over the man’s eyes.  In addition, he told him to wash in the pool of Siloam (Siloam means “sent”).  After this was accomplished, the man gained not only physical sight but spiritual sight as well because he recognized Jesus, the Light of the world first as a prophet, then as Lord.  He actually saw “the Light”.

Subsequently, we are told through this miracle that we need to be open to the work of Jesus in our lives.  It is important to trust him and look for him in every aspect of our lives, including our day-to-day routines.  Then, we will gain spiritual understanding and insight and be able to share the teachings of Jesus with spiritual conversations in our homes.

Family Faith Together

READ:  Read the story from John 9:1-11 or from a Children’s Bible Storybook

  • As you listen to the story, tell me what “movie” you are creating and seeing in your mind as I read the words?
  • I wonder what the mud looked like and felt like? I wonder what it smelled like?
  • I wonder what surprised you the most in the story?
  • What does the story tell you about Jesus?
  • What is something you don’t want to forget about the story?
  • I wonder how the man reacted when he could see?  Was he astonished or afraid?  I wonder if the light hurt his eyes?
  • I wonder if  the Pharisees were happy or angry about this?  (They were probably angry and a bit muddled due to their belief that only God could do miracles.)
  • (Older Children and Youth can Read John 9:13-34 where the Pharisees investigated this healing.)

FAITH ON THE GO THIS WEEK:

Let’s Talk:  The blind man was told to wash in the pool of Siloam.  The word Siloam means “sent”.  I wonder what that tells us about Christ?

Let’s Discuss this Question Each Day During the Week as We Wonder Together:

  • I wonder how this story is challenging all of us to live life today?”  Have I kept my eyes open to life’s opportunities to see what God has in store for me today?  Have I kept my eyes open to see how God can use me to help others and share my faith?

Let’s Notice & Experience:

  • It’s Spring! Look around with fresh eyes in your yard, down the street and in your school.  I wonder if I’m really looking with fresh eyes?  Look carefully… and see if there are things you haven’t noticed before.  If there are, I wonder what you have been blind to in the past?  I wonder why you’ve been blind to some things in the past?
  • When you turn out the light at bedtime and turn on your night light, how is that like having Jesus with you?
  • Grab some digging toys, pots, pans, a bucket and create a mud puddle in a small area of a garden that has not been planted.  Notice how it smells, feels, and mixes with the water.  I wonder if you can make it thicker?  How can you make it thicker?  Enjoy these sensory experiences that are very beneficial for gross and fine motor skills for our youngest ones.
  • If you are outside near a sandbox, grab some toys or a stick and draw a picture of eyes in the sand and a heart.  I wonder how we can see people and the needs they have more clearly? I wonder if we need to think more about using the Light of Jesus to show us the way?
  • While in the bathtub, splash around and recall the story.  I wonder how quickly the man jumped out of the pool?
  • If you have Oreo Cookies, crumble them up, pretend they are dirt and spread them on some yummy ice cream.
  • Pray The LORD’s Prayer each night this week for prayer time before bed.  I wonder what words reminds us of this story of the blind man? (power, glory…)

This week’s focus is Faith-On-The-Go, Morning Blessings and Evening Blessings.  Your Holy Spaces may be where you “sit at home”, “when you get up”, when you “lie down”, when you walk “along the road”.  You might find these moments with fresh eyes and write or draw about them with a stick in the mud!

In our daily routines, always remember that God can take our upended plans for a daily devotion in Holy Spaces and miraculously turn them into moments of deep reflection or a new spiritual conversation.   Watch out for these moments!  They happen!  Don’t miss these times to share faith together with your family!

  • A Morning Blessing for Each Child:  Place your hand on their head or arm and awaken them with this gentle blessing:  “May the God of hope, Fill you today with joy and peace”.
  • A Night Blessing for Each Child:  Place your hand on their head or arm and awaken them with this gentle blessing:  May you always marvel at God’s miracles of life on this new day.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory forever Amen.

 

God can take our upended plans for a daily devotion in Holy Spaces and miraculously turn them into moments of deep reflection, a new spiritual conversation and even a “muddy marvel”.   Watch out for these moments!  Don’t miss these moments!!!!!

 

Let’s Listen and/or Sing on the way to school or before bed, “Amazing Grace- by Chris Tomlin:

Amazing Grace My Chains are Gone

Kid’s Video of the Bible Story

Kid’s Video-Jesus Heals the Blind Man

Just for Fun-An Optical Illusion

Visual Illusion-I wonder what the black dots are doing?

(From Life Science-Optical Illusions)

The black dots seem to appear and vanish at the intersections of the gray horizontal and vertical lines. Called the scintillating grid, this illusion was first discovered by E. Lingelbach in 1994 and is a modification of the so-called Hermann grid illusion.

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