Do you know how to play peek-a-boo? Let’s play together. Everyone, cover your eyes with your hands, and when I count to three, we’re all going to uncover our eyes and say, “peek-a-boo!” Play peek-a-boo a few times. Cover your eyes with your hands again, and I want you to imagine what it would be like if you lost your sense of sight. Imagine trying to walk, or brush your teeth, or eat food. It would be really difficult, wouldn’t it? There are many people who live without their sense of sight, and they learn many new ways to live. Today’s story is about a man named Saul who lost his sight for three days; after the three days, he opened his eyes and he could see again, and he saw the world in a different way.
Have you heard of a man named Paul? Sometimes we call him the Apostle Paul. He shared the story of Jesus with lots of people and even wrote some letters to early churches that are in our bible. But before Paul was an Apostle for the early church, he was actually named Saul and he was very mean to Christians. Saul traveled all around, looking for people who loved and followed Jesus because he wanted to hurt them. But one day, when Saul was on his way to a place called Damascus, God came to Saul and met him with a flash of light. Saul fell to the ground and God said to him, “Saul, why do you persecute me?” ‘Persecute’ is another word for being mean and cruel. “It is me, Jesus, who you are persecuting. Go into the city and you will be told what to do.” Saul got up, but all of a sudden, he was blind and could not see. So his companions helped him stumble into the city. Now, in Damascus, there was a man named Ananias who loved Jesus. God came to Ananias and told him to find Saul and place his hands on Saul’s eyes. Ananias was afraid because he had heard of Saul and feared he would persecute him. But Ananias listened to God and went to Saul and placed his hands on his eyes. In that moment, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes. When he opened them, he saw Ananias who was no longer his enemy, but his friend in Christ. Paul realized that it was wrong of him to be cruel to those who loved Jesus and so he was baptized and began sharing the story of Jesus’ love.