Year 1: June 23rd, 2019
Preaching Text: Psalm 69:1-16
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
(Written for ages 4-8)
Comment: The writer of Psalm 69 describes the terrible situation of being troubled in spirit, tormented by others, and gossiped about at the city gates. But the psalm concludes with the writer’s assertion of still being able to trust in the Lord, to depend on God’s love and deliverance, no matter what is going on. Chrysanthemum faces the same issues. She loves her name, but at school,she is teased about it by the other children and school becomes miserable for her until she finds strength in meeting a teacher who also has a similarly unusual name. Because of this teacher, she is able to rejoice in her name again and enjoy school. Like Chrysanthemum, and the psalmist, we may suffer, we may specifically be teased and gossiped about especially because of our faith and zeal and being different. But like Chrysanthemum with her teacher, and like the Psalmist, we, too, can find strength—in the Lord, whose love and deliverance are still with us, no matter what we are facing.
Thanks to Sara Anne Berger, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Nachitoches, LA, for writing the Year 1 Narrative Lectionary Links.