Pop Goes the Weakness!

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Let’s pretend
this pin represents all the things that make us feel weak with
worry or fear or sadness. What do you think will happen to Mr.
Worried N. Weak when trouble poke at him?

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Let kids tell you that Mr. Worried N. Weak will pop, then hold the
balloon away from your face and stick it with the pin. Say:
Whammo! Mr. Worried N. Weak explodes in a jillion pieces
– or at least feels like he’s exploded. What Mr. Worried N. Weak
needs is someone to help keep him strong and “unpoppable.” Let’s
see if the Bible tells us who is strong when we’re
weak.

Read aloud 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.

  • Who’s our strength?
  • How can we stay strong when we feel weak or fearful or
    worried?

Say:
When we allow Jesus to carry our troubles, we become
strong instead of weak — and troubles can’t make us
explode.

Wipe the pin with vegetable oil. Then hold up the happy-face
balloon and gently push the pin through the center of the tape. The
balloon will not explode.

Say:
Voila! When we give our weakness to Jesus, we’re
unpoppable and unstoppable! See how happy Mr. Worried N. Weak is
now? But I think he needs a new name.

Let younger kids suggest names for the happy balloon.

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Demostrate the trick once more using a new balloon, then explain
how it works. If you have time, allow the children to try it.
Remind children to use tape on the balloon to keep it from popping.
Then encourage the children to perform this devotion for family and
friends and to tell people that when we’re weak. Jesus makes us
strong.

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