Year 2: May 24, 2020
1 Corinthians 15:1-26, 51-57
It Will Be Okay by Lysa TerKeurst
(Written for ages 4-8)
Comment: Children of different ages vary widely in their understanding of death. When engaging this text, please be mindful of children who may have experienced the death of a close loved one or pet. This is ultimately a hopeful passage about Christ’s victory over death, but it can be difficult to understand – even for adults! In TerKeurst’s book, Little Seed and Fox become friends, laughing and playing together. One day, Farmer plants Little Seed in the ground. Little Seed and Fox are separated, and they’re fearful of what will come next. Whatever it is, it will be new to them, and new things can be scary. Fox waits faithfully and, eventually, Little Seed sprouts – returning in a different form than Fox had known before. It may be helpful to point out to children that we see cycles of life, death, and new life all the time in nature – in the cycles of the seasons; in plants that wither, fade, and bloom anew. We draw hope from our faith in Jesus, who has gone into death before us, and who will show us the way. We can faithfully await his return, knowing that he will come at a time and in a form that we could never possibly expect.
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.