The story can be condensed as follows:
"God loved the People so much that God showed them the Ten Best Ways to Live. Sometimes these ways are called the Ten Commandments.
As the People of God traveled across the desert, they began to complain: "There's not enough food! There's not enough water!" God helped them find food and water.
Then, the people came to a great mountain covered in fire and smoke. Moses climbed up into the fire and smoke to meet God. There on the mountain, Moses came so close to God and God came so close to him, that he knew what God wanted him to do. God wanted him to write the Ten Best Ways to Live on stones and bring them down the mountain to the People.
God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses who gave them to the People, who gave them to us:
1. Don't serve other gods.
2. Make no idols to worship.
3. Be serious when you say my name.
4. Keep the Sabbath holy.
5. Honor your mother and father.
6. Don't kill.
7. Don't break your marriage.
8. Don't steal.
9. Don't lie.
10. Don't even want what others haves.
When you add up all the Ten Best Ways, you get only two: Love God. Love people. God loves us to show us how and to make this possible."
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 which one of the Ten Best Ways you like best?
- I wonder which one is most important?
- I wonder which one is especially for you?
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.
See a video presentation of this lesson on YouTube here.
Next week, we will have a new story called "Exile and Return."