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Fourth Week of Lent
March 2, 2008

John 9:1-41

God's Plan for You


Who can tell me what it means to have a “plan?”  Do you know that word? What is a "plan?"

(When you make a plan you decide what you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it…and sometimes a plan has lots of little steps.)

Before I came to church today I had to put on my shoes and socks ...that was part of my “coming to church plan.”  Which do you think I put on first? My shoes or my socks?

That’s right…and why is it important to put on your socks first? Do you think I tied my shoes before I put them on, or after I put them on? How come?

That’s right! When you have a plan you do the things you do for a reason. I tied my shoes so they wouldn’t fall off…but the real reason I was tying them was so I could come here to church and be with you. That was my plan.

Did you know that God has a special plan for each of us? In today’s gospel story we’re going to hear a story about a man who is blind…he can’t see. Jesus and his disciples come across this man and they ask Jesus why this happened. They wonder if the man has done something wrong – or if has parents had – to make him born blind. And Jesus surprises them – he tells them that the man’s blindness is all a special part of God’s plan.

God had chosen this man to help people understand who Jesus was. So Jesus performs a miracle…he heals the man so that can see! (Guess how? Do you really want to know? I’ll give you a hint…it’s kind of yucky. I’ll make you a deal…you listen very carefully during the reading and see if you can catch it. Then come and tell me what he did at the end of the service. And if you miss it, I’ll tell you.)

What an important lesson! Sometimes sad things happen to us – and it’s hard to understand why. But Jesus wants us to remember that God has a special plan for each of us. And that everything happens for a reason.

Will you pray with me?

Dear God,

We know that you have reasons for the things you do – and we know that you have chosen important jobs for us all. Please help us to do them well – and to help others know you better - just like the blind man in today’s story.

Amen.

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