Bring a cardigan.
I’m so happy you’re here today!
I hope you all had a good week last week. How many started school? What grades did you start? Accept answers. Mention we’ll bless bags, students, and teachers at the end of worship. A new school, new grades, new friends – that’s a lot of change!
And I noticed there’s something else that’s changing: the weather! It’s cooler outside, especially at night. I sometimes wake up cold because I haven’t put my fall blankets on my bed yet. I have to wear different things to stay warm when the weather gets colder. What’s something you wear? Jacket. Hoodie. Sweater. Another thing we can wear is this – a cardigan!
Now there’s someone famous who loves to wear cardigans and his name was Mr. Rodgers. You might have seen him on tv – or hear about his neighborhood or maybe where Daniel Tiger lives. Now Mr. Rodgers told me something that I would like to tell you. And it’s something important and helpful when we see something that might confuse, scare, or worry us. Right now, there’s a hurricane about to hit Florida. There was a big flood in Texas. And tomorrow, people will remember something awful that happened on September 11th. When someing big and scary happens, it can make us scared. It can cause us to worry. And it can sometimes make us wonder where God is when bad things happen.
But Mr. Rodgers says, and it’s something he learned from his mom, when we see something scary and awful. Look for the helpers. Look for the people trying to help. Look for the people rescuing people in boats, making sure popped are safe, giving people shelter and making sure people are fed. Look for the helpers because they helpers are there. And the helpers show us how God is there and how God is loving us. Always look for the helpers – and, when we are scared or put in a scary situation, know that God is helping us be the helper God calls us to be.
So keep Texas, Florida, and all places that are scared and worried, keep those people and places in your prayers today and this week. And look for the helpers – you’ll see them.
Thank you for being up here and I hope you have a blessed week!
Each week, I share a reflection for all children of God. The written manuscript serves as a springboard for what I do. This is from Christ Lutheran Church’s Worship on the 14th Sunday After Pentecost, 9/10/2017.