Singin’ the Blues

Biblical Text: Ecclesiastes 6
Guidelines for Individual Playdates

Value of This Activity:

Encourages us to translate Wisdom into story and Story into song.

Items Needed:

Bible. Paper and Pen

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 Ecclesiastes 6 a couple of times.
  2. Write a three- or four-sentence story about an imagined character whose life illustrates what Ecclesiastes (The Preacher) is saying. Make the story simple and stark: From what? Through what? To what?
  3. When you’ve got a rough, brief tale written, turn that tale into a Ballad. See this article about “How to Write a Ballad” at wikiHow: (Or, if you prefer, see this pdf I’ve created from the wikiHow site: How to Write a Ballad.) Here are three examples given at wikiHow:
  4. Share your ballad with someone this week! If you’re a musician, write your own tune. If not, perhaps a friend will want to write a tune for your ballad. But ballads don’t need to be sung. Surely, though, this ballad will be your way of singin’ the blues … whether literally or figuratively.

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
Poetry as a Mode of Thought
Guidelines for Individual Playdates
Playdates with Scripture ARCHIVES

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