Year 2: August 23, 2020
Luke 11:2-4 (The Holiness)
So Many Ways to Be Holy by Kristen Soley
(Written for ages 4-7)
Comment: The first step here is to define “hallowed” (if that’s the translation you use” as “holy.” The second step is to define “holy,” which might be a bit more difficult. To be holy is to be set apart, so God’s name is set apart from all other names. In fact, God is set apart. Soley’s book is wonderful in that it shows children how they, too, can be holy – set apart for whatever calling God has placed upon their lives. Being an artist, a firefighter, an accountant – these are all “ways to be holy.” This helps children to understand that God calls us to holiness in all aspects of our lives. It’s a good introduction to the idea of vocation. We are all responsible for cultivating holy lives – lives that show God at work in the world. You might explore with children how they can lead “holy” lives at home, school, and in extracurricular activities.
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.