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A NIGHT TO REMEMBER ◽ HOME
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We all remember the pandemic and how things and surfaces were wiped down, we carried wipes for traveling, we wiped seats and doorknobs, and we made sure to wash our hands.  But it’s most likely that by now, we’ve let our guard down and are not as diligent in these areas, because the threat of contamination has lowered.  However, it’s a good thing to be reminded of all the impurities that land on us daily, and how they can be wiped clean to keep us healthy and strong.

Preparation:  You’ll need a box of wipes and some tissues.

What do you think is the dirtiest part of our house?  It’s most likely the kitchen where we prepare food and throw out food.  Ask someone to check the kitchen sponge.  Is it clean?

Did you know that there are all sorts of bacteria that land on us daily, just living?  We go to school or play outside and we hear angry words, kids might speak mean things to us, maybe we feel hate towards someone, or take something that doesn’t belong to us.  We get “dirty” by the end of each day; much like the kitchen gets dirty from preparing all the food we eat!

Take out a wipe and let each kid wipe their forehead.  Doesn’t that feel good? Jesus wipes away all of our sins or the sinfulness of the world that grabs and attaches itself to us daily, like dust blowing in the wind.

Acts 3:19 says Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 

Let’s pray and ask Jesus to wipe us clean from anything we may have done that was done to us…(let the kids confess or share).

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What about when tears fall from our eyes?  Why do we cry tears?  Mostly it’s when we hurt ourselves, or we’re sad or afraid or lonely. What’s the last thing that made you cry? (Let the kids answer).

Revelation 21 says he wipes away every tear from our eyes.  And one day we will cry no more!

Take out a tissue and let each kid wipe their eyes.  Doesn’t that feel good to know that there are tissues when we cry?  Jesus knows every tear and he wipes them away when we call on His name.

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What part of your body probably gets the dirtiest in the summertime?  Maybe your feet?  When we wear sandals or no shoes at all, we pick up dirt and bacteria, we step on dog poop sometimes, and all sorts of things get on the bottom of our dirty feet. (Show your feet!) If your feet are clean, you probably just had a bath!

Did you know that Jesus wiped and cleaned his followers’ feet?  He demonstrated humility and love.  He washes away the dirtiest parts of our minds, bodies and souls and makes us clean.  Isn’t that cool?

Wipe each other’s feet, or your own, and see what dirt you remove!

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It’s important that we keep ourselves clean with baths, daily.  It’s the same with our minds, our hearts and our spirits – to have that daily wash that only comes from asking Jesus to wipe away all the bad and the hurt, to wipe away our tears of sorrow, and to clean us from all the impurities that we’ve stepped on while walking on this earth.

Family prayer:

Jesus, thank you for wiping us clean.  Forgive us when we act hateful or act in unforgiving ways.  Bring us joy when we are sad.  And help us to come daily to you, for that daily wipe of all things dirty and harmful to our bodies, souls, and minds.  Every time we use a wipe or tissue, we will give thanks that we stand clean in your sight. 

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