The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss ~ The Zax

Sunday’s Scripture ~ Luke 15:11-24.

Joshua Emory Andrew’s arrival ushered in numerous changes to my and Andrew’s life – and we would not have it any other way. For example, house cleaning now only occurs during morning naps. Eating now resembles the sport of juggling. And evenings spent reading theology books have been replaced with reading storybooks.

Become a parent – graduate back to books with pictures.

I consider that a win.

I am grateful for all of the books Joshua received from the showers celebrating his arrival. We have enjoyed reading so many already and I look forward to the days we can talk about what we read as a family. So many books draw their themes and main ideas from Scripture. They may not quote Scripture directly, but their lessons remind us of words and truths shared in the greatest story ever told.

This Sunday the Tuskawilla UMC Family begins a new sermon series inspired by some of the books on Joshua’s shelf, “The Gospel According to Dr. Seuss.” We will study the Parable of the Prodigal Child through the eyes of Seuss’ The Zax. Many of us know this parable well; I hope studying it alongside The Zax will deepen our knowledge and understandings in new ways.

And so as we start our six-week journey with Seuss, let us frame our adventure with words he would use,

Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never foget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU’LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So…

be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off the Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!*

We hope you will join us in 11:00 Worship this Sunday to celebrate Joshua Emory Andrew’s baptism and to highlight your favorite Scripture verse in his Bible so as he begins learning the greatest story ever told, he will know you journey with him. If you will not be in worship this week, I welcome you to share your favorite Scripture passage with me to be highlighted in his Bible. A lite reception will follow worship in the Family Room.

Prayer: “High King of heaven, my victory won, May I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heaven’s Sun! Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, Still be my Vision, O Ruler of all.”** Amen.

*“O The Places You’ll Go” – Dr. Seuss

**“Be Thou My Vision,” The United Methodist Hymnal, 451.

 

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