The Open Mouth
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The Open Mouth
By Lois Parker Edstrom
Object suggested: Storyteller doll, if available.
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Today we are going to talk about dolls, but these are very different dolls from those you may have. Storyteller dolls are made by Pueblo Indians who live in the southwestern part of the United States. They are made of clay and are beautifully painted. The storyteller doll is usually an older woman and she is surrounded by children. See her open mouth? It looks as if she is telling stories or singing songs. (Show picture of the doll or the actual doll, if available.)
Storyteller dolls have been made for hundreds and hundreds of years. They remind the Pueblo people to tell their stories and remember their history. Stories are told by grandparents and parents to their children and then, when the children become adults, they pass the same stories on to their children. These important stories get passed down through the years from one generation to the next.
After Jesus died, before he went to be with God, he asked his disciples to tell the story of how he had died and was given new life. He said,“that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name to all the nations…” (24:47).
We have heard the story of Jesus’ love and he asks that we pass it on, sharing his love with others. We all make mistakes and his message is that when we make mistakes and feel sorry for what we have done, we will be forgiven. His love and forgiveness is offered to everyone. It is a story that has been told down through the ages to all parts of the world. We each have a story to tell. We need to open our mouths and pass it on!
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan