MONDAY MEDITATION: Channeling Dr. Seuss (January 20, 2020)

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.  I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.–Revelation 21:1-2

And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street. This delightful book by Dr. Seuss delves into the fertile mind of Marco, a little boy who imagines all sorts of wonderful things while walking down Mulberry Street. What was ordinary took on magical, wondrous dimensions through his eyes.

An apt metaphor for the Christian life. We’re never to see what is without imagining what can be. That’s how Dr. King was like Marco when he gave his “I Have a Dream” speech.

The Danish theologian Soren Kierkegaard expressed it beautifully: “If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints; possibility, never.”

If we could have the grace to see things like Marco, King, Kierkegaard, St. John on Patmos…how would our lives change? Our relationships? Our emotions? To have such grace means to have faith that in God’s heart we find a restless passion to transform. Isn’t that why the cross was eclipsed by the Resurrection?

If we were to channel our Dr. Seuss today…using imagination, what could he say?

People are treasures, yes every one: ALL are special, who live under the sun.

When you look into the face of another, is this who you see: Not a stranger who is, but a friend who can be?

What could you add to a Dr. Seuss-type rhyme? Go ahead and do it–you have the time!

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