By Pastor Tracey Leslie
Scripture: From the Book of Jonah
Now that everyone – from the pre-schoolers to the grad students – are back at class, this morning I’m kicking off a new sermon series in honor of “back to school season” in which we’re going to look at some stories and characters from the Hebrew scriptures that are often popular with children… mostly because they’ve been made famous by Veggie Tales. But also because the characters are loosely defined as heroes. Cambridge dictionary defines a hero as a person admired for having done something brave or having achieved something great.
When I was a kid, my favorite story book was Pickles the Fire Cat. The most memorable line was when Mrs. Goodkind told Pickles, “Pickles, you are a big cat with big paws. Someday you will do big things.” When we are children, we dream of doing big things, of achieving something great. But as we grow up, we discover how difficult it is to do big things and how easily we can be intimidated and discouraged, or even distracted. We doubt ourselves and we may even doubt God’s call over our lives. As we grow, the hard knock school of life teaches us some lessons we’d be better off without – like prejudice and resentment; paralyzing fear and self-doubt. And so those children’s tales of characters like Jonah have lessons even for more mature listening audiences.
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