A Little Bit of Midrash

Biblical Text: Luke 9:1-6
Guidelines for Individual Playdates

Value of This Activity:

Plays around with what Jewish teachers call “midrash”—taking a piece of scripture and “expanding” it through writing a totally new story that “fills in the gaps” in the text. Encourages imagination … and thus taking the Scripture seriously.

Items Needed:

Bible. Pen and paper.

To Begin . . .

Spend a moment in quiet prayer. If you wish, begin by freewriting for 3-5 minutes. Just let the pen empty out your concerns and thanksgiving for the day. Breathe.

How to Play . . .

  1. Read Luke 9:1-6.
  2. Make up a completely new story about what happened when the Twelve went into a particular city. Just make it up! Was there dust-shaking? A potluck supper? Healings or exorcisms? What happened in one of those towns or villages? Give the people names. Make it during a particular season of the year. Create a short story out of imagining Jesus’ instructions to the disciples into a new narrative.
  3. Share your story with someone this week!

In Closing . . .

Take a moment to breathe and let the playtime settle around you. Carry your curiosity and insights and questions into the day.

Playdate Reference Material:

Playing with Narratives
The Imaginative Intellect
Guidelines for Individual Playdates
Playdates with Scripture ARCHIVES

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