POSTED December 30, 1998


By Louise Ferry

Scripture Reading Luke 15:22
PUPPETS: Ralph & Elmer

    RALPH: It is sure nice to be here this morning. Hi boys and girls. We are new to your church. My name is Ralph and my friend is Elmer.

    ELMER: Hi guys. Ralph. I have noticed that the kids have shoes, just like you and I.

    RALPH: Sure, Elmer. All kids have shoes. There are white ones and red ones and brown ones. All kinds of shoes.

    ELMER: Yes and there are lace-ups and pull-ups and buckles and sandals.

    RALPH: But did you know that in the time when Jesus lived, not everyone had shoes? The poorest people and the slaves often had to go without shoes.

    ELMER: Well, in the summer time that may sound like fun, we like to go barefoot sometimes.

    RALPH: But it wasn't fun when you had to work or walk a lot with not shoes. Pretty soon, your feet were very sore.

    ELMER: I remember a story from Sunday School about the Prodigal Son.

    RALPH: That's right, Elmer. The Prodigal Son, the youngest son of a very loving father took his inheritance early and ran away from home.

    ELMER: I remember the teacher said that for awhile he thought he was big stuff because he had lots of money to spend.

    RALPH: But soon the money ran out so did all those new "friends" he had made. Soon he was all alone: no money, no friends, no food, nothing. Do you remember the story, Elmer?

    ELMER: Yes. As he approached home, his father recognized him from far away and ran to greet him. Even though the son had been wrong, the father still loved him.

    RALPH: And one of the things the father did was call for shoes to be brought and placed on his son's feet.

    ELMER: Why shoes?

    RALPH: Because shoes represented his acceptance as a son. The father would not send him out to be a servant, but received him back into the family as a son. And sons get shoes.

    ELMER: My teacher said that the story represents the way God loves you and me. Even though we don't deserve it, God wants to be our Heavenly Father and to make us His children.

    RALPH: He wants to put shoes on our feet - to help us understand that He loves and accepts us.

    ELMER: So every time you look down and see shoes on your feet, let it be a reminder of just how much God loves you! Bye everyone.

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