A Story without a Book
By Lois Parker Edstrom
Object suggested: Map to show location of Alaska and also the west coast of Canada and the U.S. (optional)
Pictures of totem poles
Today let’s talk about totem poles. Have any of you had the opportunity to see one? Here are some pictures that will give you an idea of what they look like.
Totem poles are carved by Indian tribes in Alaska and down along the west coast of Canada and the United States. (Show map.)
A totem pole is carved from a very tall cedar tree which has been cut down. It is carved all in one piece. When the totem pole is completed it is raised up in a special place so many people can view this beautiful work of art.
A totem pole tells a story without a book. The figures carved on the totem poem may tell a story of family or about a special event that happened. Figures on a totem pole may resemble a fish, a whale, a bird, a bear, a wolf, a beaver, a frog, or a person. These are symbols that tell a story.
There is another way to tell a story without a book. The Bible teaches us that Jesus “…will baptize you in the Holy Spirit…” (3:16). This means that God’s Spirit lives in you; is a part of who you are.
The way you live your life tells a story about God’s love. Others see that you are kind, that you are helpful and creative, and they also see your joy. These things tell others that God’s Spirit lives in you and that you have a story of “good news.” You are beautiful and you tell a story without a book!
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan