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The sacred story of the annunciation by Linda, a catechist of the Good Shepherd.  

The sacred story of the annunciation by Linda, a catechist of the Good Shepherd.  

There once was a seed that was so small, you could lose it in the folds of your hand.

This seed, Jesus said, is what Heaven is like.  Heaven is inside the seed.  It is here on Earth.  But it is very, very small.  And you might not even see it, even if you're looking right at it!  Still, we should all look for it as hard as we can!

The seed of Heaven is the smallest seed of all of the seeds on Earth.  But it is also the greatest seed!  For when it is planted into the Earth, this seed grows into the largest tree.  Then, all of the birds of the air come flying through the air--from every nation and every tribe they come flying towards the tree and they perch on the branches together.

On that day, all will be revealed and every living thing shall gaze upon that majestic tree.  The tree will grow enough fruit to feed everyone.  And the leaves of the tree will heal every single wound in the world.  

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 I wonder if you've ever seen the seed of Heaven?

I wonder how so much life gets inside of something so small?

Where do you think we should look for the seed?

Is there a way we can help plant the seed in the ground?

How did the smallest thing become the largest thing?

Do you know of anything else that starts out really small and then changes into something really big?

I wonder who the birds are?  How do you think they found the tree?

How could one tree feed so many people?

Can you imagine what it would feel like if everyone in the world was happy at the exact same time?

What was your favorite part of the story?

Where are YOU in the story?

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The telling of sacred story begins with the preparation of materials.  Materials include meditating on the sacred story, maybe doing some research, and following any questions that arise.  My favorite part of the preparation though is usually the trip to Michael's to gather up all the craft supplies!  Once the stage has been set, we find our own way into the story and retell it in our own words.  Then we allow the listeners to wonder.  We allow silence and inner wisdom to speak.  Following the wondering, we respond to the story by incarnating it in some way:  we create our own crafts, paint, color, work with clay, and sometimes we even share a meal (or a snack) together.  

I spent ten years creating and telling sacred stories to children in The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.  Sacred Storytelling is based on the Montessori approach to learning.  I am a Level I trained Catechist in the Catechists of the Good Shepherd.  I am also trained in Godly Play (and a former trainer).  I found that the sacred stories also work well for adult retreat settings.  I am excited to expand offerings of sacred stories that also include myths from around the world.  I plan to offer a sacred kids camp this summer (probably July) where I will share sacred stories with kids 3-6 years old (the ideal age for this work).  I am also available to come to your church group or Montessori school and share sacred spaces with you in your own sacred places.