Year 2: July 12, 2020
One Drop of Kindness by Jeff Kubiak
(Written for ages 5-8)
Comment: As we move from the previous series on Job to this new series on 2 Corinthians, there is a natural bridge between the chronicle of Job’s suffering and the opening of Paul’s letter, which offers praise to “the God of all comfort.” God gives us this comfort not just for our own benefit, but “so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (v.4). This is the principle behind all of the gifts we receive from God – that we use them to benefit others, rather than hoarding them for ourselves. In Kubiak’s book, Gus is a kid with a difficult past who ends up at the MEAN school, where everyone is unkind. He meets a friend named Truly who shows him kindness, inspiring him to share “one drop of kindness” with his classmates. This act starts a ripple effect that has an impact on the community even beyond Gus’s school. The story shows children that the gifts they receive can be shared with others, making the whole world a better place.
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.