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Move.

27 March 2015

Sure enough, the Missing Piece’s corners do begin to wear off and gradually its shape changes. 

Eventually, The Missing Piece, becomes a circle and it begins to roll – and so fulfils its dream of travelling somewhere new (not with the aid of another) but all by itself

We can change as we move, but the moving is important.

The Rev’d Dr. Anna Wallis – Associate Priest at Huddersfield Parish Church 

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Beginning to Roll

26th March 2015

“For a long time the Missing Piece just sat there…then slowly it lifted itself up on one end…and begins to roll….”

How had is it to make a move towards God?

The Rev’d Dr. Anna Wallis – Associate Priest at Huddersfield Parish Church 



Dreaming and Changing

Eventually the Missing Piece meets The Big O, a perfect circle with nothing missing. 


When asked to roll with The Missing Piece, The Big O explains that there is no place for The Missing Piece to fit, but “perhaps you can roll by yourself.” 


The idea of rolling by itself has never occurred to The Missing Piece and it finds the idea immediately appealing and simultaneously threatening. So it throws up false objections: “But I have sharp corners, I am not shaped for rolling..


The Big O replies, “Corners wear off… shapes change” – and with that Big O rolls off, leaving the missing piece alone once more — but, this time, with a potentially life changing idea to contemplate.


Dreaming and changing in tandem  – hard to do, or a great trial?

The Rev’d Dr. Anna Wallis – Associate Priest at Huddersfield Parish Church 

Fitting

“The missing piece sat alone, waiting for someone to come along and take it somewhere.”  Silverstein tells (or rather draws) the tale of a lonely little wedge that dreams of finding a big circle into which it will fit perfectly, so that together they can roll along and travel to somewhere new

Many shapes come along, but none are quite right.

The missing piece tries everything to get noticed: it makes itself more attractive; it tries to be flashier — but that only scares some of the shapes away and leaves it ever lonelier

How do you fit with others? Friends, partners, God?

The Rev’d Dr. Anna Wallis – Associate Priest at Huddersfield Parish Church 

Too Good for Children Alone.



As J. R. R. Tolkien once said, the best children’s books, aren’t written for children; they are enjoyed by children, but they speak to our deepest longings and fears, and thus enchant readers of all ages. 


The Missing Piece Meets the Big Opublished in 1976, falls into that category.

The next couple of blogs are generated because of this book.

The Rev’d Dr. Anna Wallis – Associate Priest at Huddersfield Parish Church