Year 1: July 14, 2019
Preaching Text: Hebrews 1:1-4
A Different Pond by Bao Phi
(Written for ages 6-8)
Comment: The beginning of Hebrews tells us that “long ago God spoke” in “many and various ways” through the prophets, and now God is still speaking in a new time, a new place, through Jesus Christ. God continues to speak, and the speech is connected from age to age, from place to place, from people to people. In A Different Pond, a little boy and his father go fishing in the pond near their house. While they are fishing at that pond, the boy’s father tells him about a different pond—one in another place, in an earlier time, in Vietnam, where the father fished with his brother. Long ago, the father fished in a different pond, and now he fishes in this pond, with his son. They are different, but there are connections. The boy and his father’s fishing trip show us the same connections we see in Hebrews—that even in different places and times, there are connections between what came before and what is now. God spoke in the past, and speaks now, through Jesus Christ. As we read scripture, we can remember earlier times, like the father remembered, and like the passage says, we can find connections between how God spoke before and how God is still speaking now.
Thanks to Union Presbyterian Seminary alumna Sara Anne Berger for writing the Year 1 Narrative Lectionary Links.