Christmas Season – December 24-31, 2015
(1) Luke 2:1-7 on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
(2) Luke 2:8-21 on December 26-27
(3) Luke 2: 22-38 on December 28-29
(4) Luke 2:39-52 on December 30-31
Stories have emotional arcs. The word emotion literally indicates motion — and this Playdate can help us see the motion in stories by tracing the emotional throughline of a story. The Playdate also encourages us to engage our own emotions and converse with the emotions in the text.
Bible, paper & pen. If you wish you may download an Emotional Storyboard Worksheet from the website. You will want to print one for each text.
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.
Use these instructions for each of the above texts you wish to explore.
Remember that there’s no way to get this wrong. If you get stuck, just make something up and go on your merry way. You’ll surprise yourself!
To simplify this emotional journey, let’s focus on three specific, very basic emotions: Anger, Fear, and Love. (If you feel compelled to work with another emotion, by all means feel free to do so!)
Read the text from the Gospel of Luke. See above for specific readings.
Write the emotion word at the bottom of the selected frame of the storyboard. Then, draw a figure or scene in that frame that illustrates roughly what action or event in the story demonstrates that emotion. Stick figures are fine. Bad stick figures are also fine. Play with it!
Take a moment to breathe and let the playtime settle around you. Carry your curiosity and insights and questions into the day.
The idea for the Emotional Storyboard comes from Will Dunne, The Dramatic Writer’s Companion (University of Chicago Press, 2009).
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