He wasn’t a doctor at all – he didn’t even play on on TV, but this is one doctor that all of us remember from our youth, and today is his birthday. Elementary schools across the country – except those out of school because of this latest winter storm – will celebrate Dr. Seuss today. And here is a fun fact from the first grade teacher who happens to live with me – Dr Seuss was turned down over 20 times for his first book – And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.
The story of Dr. Seuss is another on of those truly inspiring stories of how sticking with something will pay off. The same is for your walk today. Stay with it despite the hardships:
2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. -James 1:2-3 (New International Version)
And in honor of Dr Seuss, here a little rendition of the Jesus story Dr. Seuss style. This was written for a Canadian comedy show called Kids in the Hall and I have a feeling it was written as satire, and to be funny, but it still tells a very important story.
And now for the Dr. Seuss Bible:
(Disclaimer: this limerick does not represent the actual word of God and is purely made up by someone else forDr Seuss laughs only)
One day God said, “This is what I will do:
I’ll send down my son. I’ll send him to you
To clear up this humpity bumpity hullaballoo.
His name will be Christ and he’ll never wear shoes.
His pals will all call him ‘The King of the Jews.’”
He didn’t come in a plane.
He didn’t come in a Jeep.
He didn’t come in a pouch
Of a high jumping Voveep.
He rode on the back of a black Sassatoo
Which is the blackiest creature you ever could view.
He rode to Jerusalem — home of the grumpity Jews
Where false prophets were worshiped — some even in twos.
There was Murray VonMyrrh and Ghengis Vovooz –
The one you could worship by taking a snooze.
Christ spoke from a mound
Which is a pile of ground.
People gathered around
Without making a sound.
Thus he spake:
“Sin in socks
Socks full of sin.
How do we quiet
This Jehovaty din?
Do unto others as they do unto you.
That includes you, young Timothy Foo.”
One pharisee said to another he knew,
“What shall we do with this uppity Jew?”
“Let’s wash him in wine and make him all clean
And into Sam Zittle’s crucifiction machine.”
Twirl the Gawhirl
And release the Galeese
And in go the nails
As fast as you please.
And it is said
That he said as he bled,
“Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do.
For they walk throughout life in toe crampity shoes.”