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This week at Riverbend United
As a child I always loved the story of The Zax:
“Look here, now!” the North-Going Zax said, “I say!
You are blocking my path. You are right in my way.
I’m a North-Going Zax and I always go north.
Get out of my way, now, and let me go forth!”
“Who’s in whose way?” snapped the South-Going Zax.
“I always go south, making south-going tracks.
So you’re in MY way! And I ask you to move
And let me go south in my south-going groove.”
I wonder why I loved this story of Dr. Seuss. Maybe I was a head-strong child? A bit stubborn?
There’s a story in Luke’s Gospel about bending in the midst of being stubborn. It’s the story of the Prodigal Son. It’s one of the best known stories in the Bible. It touches something in most of us, from one angle or another. Maybe it reaches us from the perspective of the young son who runs off; or from the perspective of the father who welcomes him home; or maybe from the perspective of the elder son who is not so happy at such a welcoming of his wayward irresponsible brother.
From whichever perspective it reaches us, it invites us to bend. It invites us to open to a grander picture. It asks us to step aside from our ways and let the other pass through us, just like the Zax.
See you Sunday for this third week of a Seussical Summer sermon series.