THEME: The Holy Spirit is our comforter.
OBJECT: A Security
Blanket or a Teddy Bear
SCRIPTURE: And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you
another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. John 14:16
morning I have a security blanket with me. A security blanket is something you
like to have with you when you are afraid, sick, or upset. How many of you have
ever had a security blanket? Did your security blanket help you to feel better
when you were afraid or when you were sick? Some of you may be embarrassed to
admit that you have a security blanket or that you used to have one. Well, there
is no reason to be embarrassed. Did you know that studies have shown that well
over half of all children become attached to a favorite blanket, a Teddy bear,
or some other object that helps to comfort them whenever they are afraid, sick,
or upset? Furthermore, scientific studies have proven what kids have known for a
long time. The security blanket can give great comfort, especially at bedtime,
illness, or when you are separated from your parents.
Did you know there is even an
international organization called Project Linus* that is named for a character in
the Peanuts comic strip who carries his blanket
around with him wherever he goes? Project Linus makes security blankets for
children and gives them to them absolutely free. They have already made and
distributed over 400,000 blankets. Many of the children who receive these
blankets are seriously ill. These blankets are a great help and comfort to these
Jesus understood that we all need help like this at times. When
he was here on earth, he was a source of help and comfort to those who needed
it. When he was preparing to return to heaven, he knew that there would be times
when his disciples would need help and comfort and that he would not be there to
give it to them. He told his disciples that he would ask his Father to send them
another comforter who would stay with them forever. That is exactly what he did.
He asked the Father, and he sent us the Holy Spirit. God's Holy Spirit is with
us all the time. He is there to comfort and to guide us in times of trouble. You
know, we all outgrow our security blankets, but we never outgrow the need for
the comfort and guidance of God's Holy Spirit.
Dear Father, we thank you
for sending the Holy Spirit to be our comfort and our guide. Amen.
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