Year 2: May 10, 2020
Colors Versus Shapes by Mike Boldt
(Written for ages 4-8)
Comment: In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he points out the divisions among them that aren’t productive. It doesn’t matter who it was who initially shared the Good News with them – Paul, Apollos, Cephas. What matters is the message itself – the Good News – and Paul exhorts the Corinthians to join together in a common purpose. Boldt’s book pits the colors against the shapes in a talent show. Interestingly, they start out on the right track: the colors show how they can combine to create new, different shades, while the shapes come together to form new shapes. Each “team” tries to outdo the other until – SLAM! – red bumps into an octagon and they suddenly realize that shapes and colors can work together. The same is true when we, as people, recognize that our gifts can complement one another and that there’s no need to compete with each other. This could be a good opportunity to talk with older children about different denominations of Christianity (and even other faiths), reminding them there is more that unites us than divides us.
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.