Each action we take has an intent behind it. Our intentions are just as important - often more important - than the actual actions themselves. They are what make the difference between living our lives the way we were meant to and just appearing to live our lives that way.
Read John 8:12.
This demonstration is great to do while the kids are watching, but if that's not practical in your church sanctuary, you can do it ahead of time and just show the result. You will need a prism, a sunny window, a piece of glass to paint on, a kids paint set with brush and a cup of water.
(For more great ideas to create indoor rainbows, check out this wonderful parenting blog "One Time Through": onetimethrough.com/how-to-make-rainbows-at-home)
Light is all around us, isn’t it? Even when you close the door and turn out all the lights in your bedroom, if you wait a minute, you will still be able to see, because there is a little bit of light.
Light is made up of color. Some of you may have done this experiment in school. If you filter light through a prism like this one, it separates the colors - just like when rain separates light and makes a rainbow [show how the prism makes a rainbow with the flashlight]. When we mix all of these separate colors together it makes white light. It is brighter than the individual colors and it allows us to see things really well. The brighter the light, the more you can see.
I also brought some paint with me today. Paint can come in lots of different colors too. What happens when I mix each of these different colors together on this piece of glass. [Dip your brush in each of the paint colors and then add them to the glass. Talk about how the color changes as you add each one to the mixture.] Red and yellow make orange; if we add blue, it makes brown; when we add other colors it changes to different shades, until it eventually turns black. We used to be able to see through the glass, but now it is covered up and we can’t see it at all, let alone what is behind it. The colors are now black forever and there is no way to separate them again.
In John 8:12, Jesus says “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” We are called to follow Jesus and live our lives like light. Jesus shows us how to make white light that shines on sunny days and lights up dark, cloudy days. A life of sin, covers up and paints over who we truly are. Our lives were meant to create rainbows, not hide what other people see.
God thank you for giving us light, understanding, rainbows. You are so wonderful. May our lives be made up of light and color that show who you created us to be in your image. In your blessed name we pray, Amen.