Free Children's Sermons


Lent: Being Brave

March 1, 2015

Mark 8:31-38


On this Second Sunday in Lent I want to tell you another story about Kelly. Last week, Kelly learned what it means to be tempted. In today’s story, Kelly learns what it means to be brave.


Kelly had many friends. She was an outgoing, happy person and made friends easily. When a new family moved in next door to her, she went over to find out if they had a daughter her age and made a new friend. Her classmates liked her and chose her to be their student council member.


One day, Mrs. Arnold asked Kelly to stay while the rest of the class went out for a nature hike. “I’d like to ask a favor of you, Kelly,” Mrs. Arnold said. “Tomorrow we will be getting a new student in our class. Her name is Rhea. Rhea’s family is from Africa and they just moved here this past week. Rhea’s parents say she is a little scared about coming to school. I wondered if you would be her friend during her first week in the classroom. She will sit in the desk next to yours and you can help her find her way around the building. Do you think you could do  that?” Kelly thought it sounded interesting and said she would be glad to do it.


The next day when Rhea came into the room, Kelly introduced herself and showed Rhea where her desk was. When Mrs. Arnold introduced her to the class it was easy to see Rhea was shy. She did not talk much and told Kelly, “I speak English not good.” At lunch- time Kelly brought Rhea to the lunchroom and showed her how to buy her lunch. “I am not knowing this food,” Rhea said with tears in her eyes. Kelly pointed out things she liked to eat and explained how they tasted. They sat with Kelly’s friends, but Rhea did not talk much. Kelly helped her as much as she could the rest of the week, but Rhea remained unhappy.

On the way home from school one day, Kelly’s friend Mara said, “That Rhea is sure weird. She is so unfriendly and when she talks I can hardly understand her.”  “She dresses funny, too,” Trina said. “I don’t want to sit with her at lunch anymore, Kelly.”  “Some  of the other kids are laughing at us and making fun of her behind her back,” Maggie complained. “You’re going to have to choose between her and us, Kelly.”


Kelly knew she might lose their friendship, but she took a deep breath and replied, “I know Rhea is hard to like, but she is not used to the way we do things here. She is so scared she won’t do things right, that she can’t talk. Instead of complaining about her, why don’t we all help her?” It took some real effort, but Kelly finally got her friends to start thinking of ways to help Rhea feel more comfortable in her new country. Kelly offered to ask Rhea’s parents if she could go shopping with them so that Rhea would have a few clothes that were more “in.” Mara decided to ask Rhea to work with her on a class project that would be about Rhea’s life in Africa. They all were going to help her with her English each day (maybe during lunch) and would think of some more ways to help Rhea fit in without insisting she be just like them. It took awhile, but it worked. Kelly was glad she had been brave enough to ask her friends to make Rhea their friend too. Think about times when we need to be brave also. 


Let’s pray: Give us strength, Lord, to be brave when it would be easier not to. In Jesus’ name. Amen.