Year 4: June 10, 2018
Preaching Text: Exodus 20:12-16
Louise and Andie: The Art of Friendship by Kelly Light
(Written for ages 4-8)
Comment: In these commandments we hear examples of the ways we can love our neighbors. According to Professor Rolf Jacobson, these verses tune us towards our neighbor, showing an example of the how of loving our neighbors. “The point of the law is not self-improvement, but neighbor-improvement.” Certainly doing the opposite of these laws would likely tear relationships apart. Louise is excited when she and her new neighbor Andie connect over art, but are quickly torn apart over a disagreement. Fortunately Andie finds a way to bring about neighbor improvement by nurturing their new-found friendship. As we read this text and story, we are invited to consider what neighbor improvement looks like in our lives, churches, and communities.
Thanks to regular contributor and Union Presbyterian Seminary alumna Noell Rathbun for writing the Year 4 Narrative Lectionary Links.