And, here is my first story book offering. Since I attended a great conference on Sabbath this summer, led by the fantabulous MaryAnn McKibben Dana, the name of this book caught my eye. It is, indeed, about the need to rest.
The old winter wind is tired and wants a place to rest. He tries to rest in a noisy town but its too busy and loud for resting. But everywhere else he turns, he is sent away for fear of the potential (or actual) damage he can do. With no rest and lots of rejection, the winter wind gets angry and bitter. Finally, a child sees his sadness and invites him to stay. The wind leaves behind a gift for her and her family.
The pictures were pretty enough that I read the book at the library while Bliss played on the computer there. I grabbed the book thinking about the importance of rest and sabbath – that sabbath is good for us, and a gift to humanity. Thinking about it more, its also a story of defusing conflict with kindness rather than raising the temperature of a fight. And, of course, it is about the ways rejection and acceptance shape who we are and what we do, and therefore shape the world around us. Bullying for little kids, anyone?
PS: The link is to Amazon, but you know, local bookstores and libraries are worth your time and money.