We read Jayme and Ron Schlitt's Rags, Riches, and the Robe, this morning. The story, by the father/daughter duo (Jayme is just 15), is a fairy tale like, parable based on Matthew 25: 23:
The master said, "Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let's celebrate together!"
The "servants", in this particular story, are a group of rags, left over from making the royal robe, who find themselves in the king's kitchen. One rag believes it's destined to be a flag, and spends it's time fluttering. Another is ideally shaped to be a handkerchief, and another has a twisty quality well suited for bow tie work.
None of them thinks much of being used as common kitchen rags, except for one - a misshaped, threadbare rag, who is just happy to have a chance to be useful. And, because of his usefulness, he's chosen for a special task, by the king, himself.
It's a nice reminder of what it means to be a faithful servant, in life's kitchen. And, did I mention the illustrator is my niece (insert big Auntie smile, here). I purchased the book for that reason, but was very pleased with the story, and it's message, too.
After we read the story, I presented the children each with an old rag, and suggested they make themselves useful (insert sly Mommy grin, here).
Look for more Bible themed crafts, and activities at this week's Bible Alive! Tuesday link-up, hosted by The Fantastic Five.
It's great to be a homeschooler.