Year 2: April 19, 2020
The Invisible String by Patrice Karst
(Written for ages 4-8)
Comment: In today’s passage from Acts, Jesus promises the disciples that the Holy Spirit is coming. In six weeks, on Pentecost, we will mark its arrival. In the time between Jesus’ making the promise and the promise being fulfilled, there’s a lot of waiting and a lot of uncertainty. The disciples might have felt like Jesus was leaving them alone, disconnected. In Karst’s book, the twins feel similarly when they hear thunder and their mom isn’t with them. They run to her room and she tells them of the invisible string. It can grow to any length, and it connects the hearts of everyone who loves each other. It can reach all the way to Paris, to the depths of the ocean, to the moon – even to heaven. The “invisible string” puts the abstract idea of interconnectedness into concrete words that children can wrap their minds around. When they feel disconnected, they can tug on their end of the string. While the book doesn’t state it, we can affirm that we are all connected to God by an invisible string, never to be left alone. The disciples will learn, in the weeks ahead, that Jesus continues to call them to great works throughout the world.
Thanks to Joshua Andrzejewski, Union Presbyterian Seminary alumnus and chaplain for the pediatric and women’s health units in the VCU Medical Center, for writing the Year 2 Narrative Lectionary Links.