Contributed by R. A. Watterson, based on the writings of Maria Fontaine.
Illustrations by Anthony. Design by Stefan Merour.
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A retelling of Luke 7:1–10 and Matthew 8:5–13
In the city of Capernaum in Israel, there lived a Roman centurion responsible for a garrison of a hundred soldiers. He and his men had kept watch on Jesus’ activities ever since He began His work in the city, for it was their duty to ensure that the Galilean was not doing or saying anything to incite a rebellion against Rome.
After hearing Jesus preach, however, the centurion had come to respect Him, realizing that the kingdom He proclaimed was hardly a threat to Rome, which in spite of all its power and greatness could stand to benefit from His teachings on love.
“Level 2 Lesson Plan: Too Young?” a 20-minute lesson plan, is now posted in the Parents and Teachers section and highlights the following lesson objective: “Understand that the biblical basis for confidence in oneself is a belief that with God’s strength all things are possible; study and memorize Bible verses that highlight this principle.” (Character Building: Values and Virtues: Confidence-2a)
Note: This story uses British spelling.
During the time that Shalise had been there at the wadi, King Almeiro had been true to his word and had often taken that familiar route, stopping at Gran Roca to drink from Shalise and communicate with her out of sight of his entourage.
“Oh my,” he would always say. “My subjects would deem me mad if they were to find me conversing with a goblet!”
After his last meeting with Shalise, however, the king had been concerned at having noticed a restless wistfulness about her and, upon his journey’s return, was overwhelmingly distressed at her disappearance. He offered a kingly reward for her recovery to no avail, and so he replaced Shalise with another silver goblet, which soon became tarnished and failed to reflect the sun and attract the thirsty wanderers.
Meanwhile, Shalise revelled in the maidens’ and their mother’s doting. For many months, they displayed her here and there for their family and certain selected friends, but Shalise began to lose her lustre, causing the girls’ interest in her to wane and to use her merely as a flower vase. Nevertheless, Lexus, as busy as he was and more so every day, still clandestinely communicated with her, but these occasions became briefer and less frequent.
One evening, looking concerned and rather sheepish, he took Shalise down from her shelf and carried her to the cellar. There, he set her on a table and addressed her as he polished her with a velvet cloth.
“You are unhappy, are you not, Shalise?”
Note: This story uses British spelling.
Shalise was the beautiful pride and joy of the great king Almeiro, who reigned over an ancient land many centuries ago. She brought him his evening beverage of choice wine, and he delighted in showing her off to courtiers and delegates who would remark on her sparkling splendour. Upon seeing her, people would describe her as “scintillating,” “perfectly formed” and “exquisite”—although she was fourteen hundred years old!
But Shalise was not a woman; she was not even a person. She was a goblet, a vessel—yes, an inanimate object; a silver chalice intricately engraved with delicate flower designs. And despite her age, no trace of wear, tear or tarnish, nary a scratch marred her loveliness.
A few centuries ago, a Moorish army captured Shalise from the crusaders, but some years later, one of Almeiro’s ancestral kings rescued her and took her into his royal court, where she had remained ever since. Due to her mystique, many wondered if she was the Holy Grail from which Christ and His disciples had supped the night of His betrayal!
All verses are from the American King James Version.
Illustrations by Mike T. K. and Jeremy. Design by Stefan Merour.
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