The candles are ready - tied with a bow -
for the children who come to the front of the auditorium
tomorrow for the kids' talk at church
to take back to their mothers.
The talk will go something like this...
Our moms take care of us, help us with homework, fix meals, read to us, what else? They teach us, take care of us when we get sick, and some moms go to work too! Our moms do SO much! They are strong and busy and fun.
But sometimes... sometimes... moms get tired, don't they? Sometimes moms get headaches, or they get sick, or they just don't feel good, right? And sometimes moms have tears, don't they? They can be happy tears, like at a wedding. But sometimes our moms are just very sad and they cry. Then what do we do? Hmm...
Well, I learned something in the Bible about Jesus. When Jesus was dying on the cross, He still showed how He cared for His mother. He told His disciple, John, to take care of His mother when He went to heaven. Jesus really cared about His mother.
I learned something else in the Bible about Jesus. The Bible says Jesus would never snuff out a smoldering wick. The part that we light is the wick. It's easy to put the candlelight out, but Jesus would never do that. He is careful and gentle with the candle's flame. e is gentle with a person who is tired. He is gentle when people are sick and gentle when someone is sad. And that's what we can do when mom is tired. Be gentle with her! When she is sick, we can give her a gentle hug or gentle words. When she is sad, a gentle gift can help.
I want to give you each a gift for you to give to your mother. It is a brand new candle. Sometimes a candle with a gentle, soft smell helps moms feel better!
"A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he has brought justice through to victory." Matthew 12:20