Message – Many of my sermons pivot around a life affirming story. This is a true story because when I shared it with Wendy she told be she has used this very practical illustration herself.
A teacher brought balloons to school and asked the children to blow them all up and then each write their name on their balloon. They tossed all the balloons into the hall while the teacher mixed them from one end to the other. The teacher then gave them 5 minutes to find the balloon with their name on it. The children ran around, looking frantically but as the time ran out – nobody had found their own balloon…
Then the teacher told them to take the balloon closest to them and give it to the person who’s name was on it. In less than 2 minutes everyone had their own balloon. Finally the teacher said,
“Balloons are like happiness. No one will find it looking for only theirs. Instead if everyone cares about each others, they will find theirs as quickly as possible.”
Imagine church on Sunday full of people each holding a balloon with their name on it ready to be thrown in the air, then arms raised throwing the balloons and after a few minuets of bouncing balloons around the room told to stop and find their own.
It reminds me of an old song by Malvina Reynolds:
Love is like a magic penny, Hold it tight and you won’t have any. Lend it, spend it, and you’ll have so many They’ll roll all over the floor.
Love is something if you give it away Give it away give it away Love is something if you give it away You end up having more.
Jesus gives his Love freely to each of us, and we need to give it away. Although we don’t see each other over these weeks, we all share in His love for us, and our love for each other, you can’t see it, but know it’s there.
Blessing – May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us now and evermore, Amen