God’s Masterpiece: The Great Comforter
Can I ask you a question? Have you ever spent time away from someone you love? Maybe you had a sleepover, or a trip where you weren’t in your home. You might miss the people that you’re separated from in those circumstances, right? It’s challenging. When I was your age, I had a few sleepovers: at first I was really scared and uncertain. A few times I went home in the middle of the night.
Let me ask you another question. Have you ever taken something with you to remind you of those loved ones? Or, if you’ve gone away from home, have you taken something that felt like home? Perhaps you have a special blanket or stuffed animal that does this job, comforting you and reminding you of things and people you love. Sometimes having a little something with you helps, because it makes you think of what has been left behind, and it lets you rest assured that you’ll be together again sometime. I can remember when I was your age, maybe a little longer, I never left home without my two blankies. They went everywhere with me: they saw the world….the grocery store, the toy store, my mom’s work, where my dad work, my grandma’s house, and even the pet store a few times. They even went with me to a few sleepovers. Having my blankies with me really brought me peace and comfort. Do any of you have a blankey? Do any of you have a favorite stuffed animal that brings you comfort?
So even though you might not see your family or home for a little while, these items give you a little part of them, and bring you peace because you know they still care for you. Did you know that Jesus did something similar for us? Before He died, He told His disciples that He was going to send them a special helper. He said that He would be physically gone, and they wouldn’t see Him, but that He wasn’t leaving them forever. Jesus said He would give His spirit to comfort.
That message was not just for the disciples, but it’s for us, too! We don’t see God with our eyes, but we know that His Spirit lives in us, and we can feel that. The Holy Spirit helps us to pray, guides us, and comforts us. We know that God is present always. We also know that we can experience God when we continue to pray, read our Bibles, and participate in worship services. He is always at work in our lives, and He will come back one day!
For now, we will take the comforting reminder that He never leaves us sort of like our very blankey and stuffed animal. We can also show evidence of having that Holy Spirit within us. As we demonstrate love to one another, and as we follow God’s rules and commandments, we prove that the Spirit is alive and working everywhere, and we prove our love for Jesus. Let’s share that today, and every day! What a blessing to be thankful for. Why don’t we say a prayer to our great God for that?
Dear God, Thank you for all of the words of Jesus. Thank you for the comfort of your Spirit. Help us to remember what that means. And to live always in your presence. Thank you for your love. We love you, God! In Jesus name, Amen.
Your Friend, Holy Spirit!
Adapted from https://ministry-to-children.com/holy-spirit-comforter-sermon/#gsc.tab=0
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