Hespeler, 9 December, 2018 © Scott McAndless
Matthew 1:18-25, Psalm 10:12-18
Note: this was a dialogue with children, not a preached message. The following only approximates the conversation.
was the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled down for a long winter’s nap…
But wait a minute; I’m having trouble sleeping, aren’t you? I’m tossing and I’m turning. Do you ever have trouble sleeping? What can sometimes cause that? When you’re worried about something, or when something is wrong and it is really bothering you, or sometimes when you are sick or uncomfortable in some way.
Well, let me describe a situation that might give you trouble sleeping at night. Have any of you ever known somebody who was different in some way? Now there is nothing wrong with being different, is there? Sometimes people come from a different background or they look different. Sometimes people are affected by certain medical conditions or they have certain limitations in what they can or cannot do. In fact, there are all kinds of ways in which people can be different and that is fine. In fact, I would even say that that is just how God has created us sometimes and it is all good.
But not everybody sees it that way. And sometimes they are not very nice to people who are different. And what do they do? They tease them, maybe laugh at them or bully them. It’s not right. I’m sure it is against the rules at your school to do that, isn’t it, but that doesn’t mean that it never happens.