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1 Corinthians 1:3-9


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1 Corinthians 1:3-9

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Objects suggested: Ballet shoes and ballet attire if available.

Picture of a ballerina available at:

We like watching ballerinas dance because they are so graceful. We see grace in the way a ballerina moves. Everything about her is just right – toes pointed correctly, hands and arms lifted in a graceful way. Her hair is pulled back to expose her face and she often wears a costume light as thistledown.

Her body bends and twirls, and she jumps as if she floats on air. A famous painter named Degas painted many pictures of ballerinas because they are so lovely in the way they stand and move about – they have such grace. (Show picture.)

In the Bible the disciple, Paul, speaks about grace. In a letter he wrote to Christians living in Corinth he said: “I always thank my God concerning you, for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus” (1:4).

We discover, from this Bible verse, that God offers us His love and grace through Christ Jesus. Let’s think about what this means to us.

When we accept God’s love we learn to move about in the world in a more graceful way. This happens as we learn how to treat others respectfully, how to be forgiving, how to love others even when they don’t deserve it.

We may not be ballerinas, but we can choose to become more loving and forgiving; to become more graceful like a flower moving in the wind or a kite swaying in the breeze. The Bible teaches us that Christ Jesus gives us grace to live our lives with honesty and beauty.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2010, Richard Niell Donovan