The story can be condensed as follows:
There was once someone who said such wonderful things and did such amazing things that people followed him. As they followed him, they heard him speaking about a kingdom, but it was not like the kingdom they lived in. It was not like any kingdom they had ever visited. It was not like any kingdom anyone had ever heard of.
They couldn't help it. They had to ask him. What is the kingdom of heaven like?
One time when they asked him that he said, "The kingdom of heaven is like when a person took the tiniest of all the seeds, a grain of mustard seed, a seed so small that if i had one on my finger you would not be able to see it. The person put the tiny seed in the ground and it began to grow. The shrub grew up so big it was like a little tree and the birds of the air came and they made their nests there."
As we close each storytelling session, we have wondering time where we can think further about the story as a group.
Some wondering questions to try at home:
- I wonder if the person who put the tiny seed in the ground has a name?
- I wonder what the nests could really be?
- I wonder if you have ever come close to this kind of tree?
Remember. This is not a time to quiz children on what they may or may not recall about the lesson. Rather, it is an opportunity to be quietly present as the children share their own experience.
You can view a short video presentation of this lesson on YouTube here.
Next week, we will be learning the Parable of the Sower.