This past week my friend, Roland, was driving me home after a committee meeting. I was telling him about the work I am doing as a storyteller in the Godly Play class at our church, St. Luke's Episcopal. I am memorizing a summary of the life of Jesus. In order to keep the passage fresh, I had refrained from watching a movie on Saturday night and from opening the newspaper Sunday morning, until after I had told the story.
Roland's immediate response was, "That's your Lenten observance!" I immediately knew it was so -- spending time learning those stories by heart during the week and fasting from entertainment on Saturday evening along with refraining from reading the newspaper until after church on Sunday is a special discipline. How helpful it is to have a spontaneous reflection of a friend!
Here is a glimpse into the story:
In the beginning the baby was born. God choose Mary to be the Mother of God. Listen carefully. Listen to the words. God choose Mary to be the Mother of God and the Word was born a wordless child.
As we tell the story to the children, we lay one image after the other on a purple cloth. For tomorrow's installment, I will repeat the first two segments and add two more. After each segment I wonder with the children whether or not they can see anything in our room that they could bring and put next to the image to show more of this part of the story. If they do, they are invited to get it and lay it beside the image we are talking about.
Tomorrow's segment ends like this:
Then it was as if Jesus could see all the kingdoms of the world. The voice returned, again. "If you will follow me, I will make you king over all of these kingdoms.
Jesus said, "No. I am to be a king; but not that kind of King."
Then the voice left.
Jesus went back across the River Jordan and began to do his work. But what was his work?