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2019 First Printing Drawing God Copyright © 2019 by Karen Kiefer

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ISBN 978-1-64060-187-1

The Paraclete Press name and logo (dove on cross) are trademarks of Paraclete Press, Inc. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

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Names: Kiefer, Karen, 1960- author. Title: Drawing God / Karen Kiefer ; illustrated by Kathy DeWit. Description: Brewster, MA : Paraclete Press, Inc., 2019. Identifiers: LCCN 2018054414 | ISBN 9781640601871 (hard cover) Subjects: LCSH: Church work with children. | Children’s drawings. | God    (Christianity)—Miscellanea. | Children—Religious life. |     Spirituality—Christianity. Classification: LCC BV639.C4 K484 2019 | DDC 242/.62—dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2018054414

All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, stored in an electronic retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, or any other—except for brief quotations in printed reviews, without the prior permission of the publisher.

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Published by Paraclete Press Brewster, Massachusetts www.paracletepress.com Printed in Malaysia

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–Karen

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To all of those listening for God’s whisper, and to Sam, McKenna, Madison, Emma, and Rose, for inspiring me to see God working each and every day.

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To Javi, Frida, and Lena who draw and color my world forever and ever.

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Last Monday, after a field trip to the art museum,

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I was inspired to draw like Picasso.

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This urge to draw something beyond spectacular followed me home and would not leave my side. “What should I draw?” I

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thought. I sat quietly, listening to my mind and heart. That’s when

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I heard their whisper and I decided to draw God.

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Grabbing a yellow crayon, I drew the brightest sun. It was so dazzling and radiant my cheeks throbbed. Its rays were so long

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they poked at my heart.

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Staring at the drawing, I knew I had drawn God.

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The next day, I took my drawing to school and showed my best friend, Peter. “Look, I drew God!” Peter looked at me and chirped,

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“Emma, that’s not God, that’s the sun.”

At first, I wanted to argue with Peter, because I knew it was

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God. God is light! But instead, I decided to go home and draw God

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again.    

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This time I grabbed a brown crayon and drew a loaf of bread. It was

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the bread my mother bakes, that makes me feel warm and tingly inside when I eat it.

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My mother says that bread reminds her of God’s grace.

I looked at the drawing. It made me feel warm and tingly inside. I knew

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I had drawn God.

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