1067             I’ll love you forever

 

Isaiah 43: selected verses

the Lord who created you says,

“Do not be afraid—I will save you.
I have called you by name—you are mine.
When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you;
your troubles will not overwhelm you.
When you pass through fire, you will not be burned;
the hard trials that come will not hurt you.
For I am the Lord your God,
the holy God of Israel, who saves you.

I will give up whole nations to save your life,
because you are precious to me
and because I love you and give you honor.
Do not be afraid—I am with you!

 

I John 4:7-12

Dear friends, let us love one another, because love comes from God. Whoever loves is a child of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. And God showed his love for us by sending his only Son into the world, so that we might have life through him. 10 This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven.

11 Dear friends, if this is how God loved us, then we should love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God, but if we love one another, God lives in union with us, and his love is made perfect in us.

 

John 1:1-14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life,[a] and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.[b]

10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to what was his own,[c] and his own people did not accept him. 12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son,[d] full of grace and truth.

 

(Read Love you forever to the children for children’s time)

 

Bob Munsch has been writing children’s books for 40 years.

One of his books “the paper bag Princess” was lauded as not only as Children’s classic but a feminist children’s book.

In it the Princess saves the Prince and chooses not to marry him because he is a bum. And she decides to live her own life.

Munsch was also known for the way he told his stories with exaggerating expressions and sound effects.

 

Muuuuudddddpuuuuddddlllee….

 

Mortimer beeeee quiet.

 

Maybe his most famous book is the book I read to the children this morning. The book I read to the children has sold over 30 million copies.

 

The interesting thing about this book is that Robert Munsch wrote it in his grief, as a response to two stillborn daughters.

He actually used to sing I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, My babies you’ll be.

I suppose we all do different things with grief don’t we. Some cry, Some withdraw. Some go into depression, some go to work. Some don’t talk about it. Some, that’s all they want to talk about.

And sometimes some of our most creative people channel their grief and problems into very creative things.

There are those who grieve and use that grief to work in support groups, or write music, or paint, or start a charity.

 

Bob Munsch sang a song and then wrote a children’s book.

 

And this book is about a baby as he grows up, and his mother who sings to him

I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, My baby you’ll be.

 

Last week in the Children’s pageant we heard about mothers. Mothers from our own congregation who like Mary and Joseph had  difficult and even dangerous journeys.

Mary and Joseph not only had a difficult journey to Bethlehem, but to avoid Herod, they were refugees who went to Egypt.

 

And so I wanted to take the Robert Munsch book and apply it to Mary and Jesus.

 

You know it wouldn’t have been an easy thing for a teenager to get pregnant, when she didn’t even understand how she got pregnant.

Telling her family, telling her fiancée.

 

And yet in my imagination I can imagine Mary who sang a song to her cousin called the Magnificat….

My soul magnifies the Lord…

 

I can imagine her putting her hands on her stomach and feeling Jesus inside her and at night singing.  I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, My baby you’ll be.

Extemporize on the following

Jesus’s birth

Vs 1. (invite congregation to sing)

Jesus as a child This kid driving me crazy

Vs 1

Jesus at the temple

Vs 1

Jesus at the wedding

V s 1

Jesus and his ministry

People think he is crazy

Vs 1

And then Jesus is arrested and Mary tries to sing but she cannot finish it.

 

Three days later Jesus rose from the dead. That is what we believe and he appeared to disciples and others as many as 5 or 6 hundred people

So, in my imagination Jesus appeared to Mary and sang vs 2.

 I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, My Mommy you’ll be.

And what we believe most deeply is this: Jesus is alive. Jesus is alive and we can talk to him and he lives in us and we live in him

And the words that Jesus speaks to us today are found in vs 3.

I’ll love you forever, I’ll like you for always, as long as I’m living, My family you’ll be.

 

Amen