When we make a mess of waiting, we are still loved.
Name: Be Patient, Pandora!
Author: Joan Holub
Illustrator: Leslie Patricellie
Publisher: Abrams Appleseed, 2014
Written for Ages: 2-4
Summary: Pandora is a curious toddler who is told not to open a certain box. So, she touches, leans, stands, and bounces on the box. But, she does not open it. To her toddler logic, she is following the directions her mother gave her. In her impatience, however, she bounces a little too hard, and the box opens with cupcakes exploding everywhere! Realizing that she made a mistake, Pandora asks her mother if she still loves her. Pandora’s mother answers affirmatively.
Scripture Connection: Patience is a virtue. Paul tells the Corinthians that Love is patient (1 Corinthians 13:4-5). In addition, Paul identifies patience as one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23).
Theological Connection: Waiting is hard. Ask any child during Christmas as he or she longs to open the presents under the tree. While being patient is indeed a part of the Christian life, there is no Christian who is perfect at having patience. We slip and find ourselves unable to wait any longer. Often there are consciouses, like exploding cupcakes. But there is mercy and forgiveness. Despite our tendency to rush and failing to wait upon the Lord, like the forgiving mother, God still loves us.
Justice Connection: Waiting for justice can be just as hard as waiting for Christmas morning. It is hard when we see injustice occurring, and long for something – anything – to happen. At times it can be frustrating because we see nothing happening at all. Toddler Pandora reminds us that if we move too fast, the cupcakes will explode and not be useful. In the fullness of time, God moves (maybe through you or me) and the box of justice will be opened.
Faith Talk (God Talk):
- The book has some fun illustrations that tell the story. As you read, invite the children to help you tell the story by what is happening in the pictures.
- Is it hard to wait to open presents? Why do you think it is so hard to wait to open a present?
- What did Pandora do while she was waiting? What happened?
- Have you ever done something like that? What happened?
- How did Pandora’s mom react? How is that like God?
Parenting Connection: As adults, we find it hard to wait, imagine how hard it is for children who are learning that patience is a virtue. Pandora’s mom is forgiving even though the cupcakes in the box explode everywhere (what a mess!). They share the cupcake that survives and a tender moment. These moments are hard for parents. We want to say, “What were you thinking?” But to respond with tenderness and love is to respond like Christ.
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