april 9, 2017
The Joey Chronicles – Living Faith – Hebrews 2 / “Connected”
When Pastor John was growing up he had an imaginary friend named Joey.
These are growing up stories told from Joey’s point of view!
“Joey, you have a phone call!”
“I said you have a phone call. Would you come in here please?”
Joey stood up in the sandbox. He was digging a hole to China and he didn’t want to be disturbed.
He brushed the sand off his knees. A phone call? That was for Grownups.
Mom handed him the phone as he walked into the kitchen.
“Hi Joey, this is Mr. Lucich your Sunday School teacher. Would you like to go to McDonalds and get a hamburger and coke with me?”
“Me? Uh, okay Mr. Lucich.”
“Great. I’ll pick you up in half an hour.”
“Mom, Mr. Lucich wants to take me out for a hamburger and coke - is that ok?”
“Not with all that sand that you just tracked into the kitchen. You go shake your clothes off and comb your hair. Then you can go.” Mom smiled as she pushed Joey through the doorway.
At McDonalds, Joey had a hamburger, a coke, large fries and an apple pie that burnt his tongue. And he rode in the new car that Mr. Lucich had purchased the week before.
Mr. Lucich asked Joey what he was doing in school and how his piano lessons were going. He knew that Joey was pitching for his Alpenrose Little League team and he told Joey he liked his glasses.
For the first time Joey had fun with a grownup – someone besides his Dad and Mom.
After he came home, Mom asked him if he had a good time. Joey said they had fun – and then asked what Mom was fixing for dinner.
Up until that day Joey’s world contained four kinds of people.
There were also babysitters like Anita, Mr. Lucich’s daughter. Joey didn’t quite know how they fit in because babysitters were confusing. They were grownups who acted like little kids who were supposed to be your parents for two hours to keep you from bugging your sister too much.
After that day Joey added “Grownups who Love Me” to his list.
Mr. Lucich came and spent time with him.
Mr. Lucich bought him lunch.
Mr. Lucich cared about what Joey was doing and where he was going with his music, sports, and school.
Mr. Lucich was praying for Joey.
And when Mr. Lucich went back to his grownup world Joey still felt close to him and knew he would see him again.
Jesus came and spent time with us. He bought us freedom from death by caring enough to die for us. And even though Jesus has gone back to the grownup world of heaven, He knows how to pray for us. He connected with us on earth so we can connect with Him in heaven.
And Joey had a connection with Jesus just like he had with Mr. Lucich. Joey had asked Jesus into His heart and he knew he was going to heaven. Have you put your trust in Jesus?
Joey didn’t know what kind of burgers they’ll have under heaven’s golden arches, but he knew Jesus would be spending time with all kinds of people. Even babysitters.