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Good Moanin’ Springfieldians,

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall.  Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.  All the kings horses and all the kings men couldnt put Humpty together again.

You know the nursery rhyme – but do you know the rest of the story, at least Fred Prince’s version?  Here’s my version of the rest of the story.

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall.  Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.  All the king’s horses and all the king’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again.

But soon the King Himself heard of Humpty’s fate, and He was deeply disturbed.  So, setting aside his royal finery, disguised as a common peasant, the King slipped unnoticed through the majestic palace gates and into the rough and tumble street life of the kingdom.

The King began His search for Humpty.  Into the back streets and alleys He went searching and searching.  After several days the persistent monarch found him.  Humpty’s shattered body was scattered over a ten-foot circle, amidst broken glass and flattened beer cans of a back alley.  Garbage all around.  It looked like he had been walked over and stomped on many times.  He was shattered and broken, and almost beyond hope and recognition.

Though weak from searching the King was overjoyed at the sight of Humpty.  You see He loved Humpty.  He ran to his side and cried, “Humpty!  It is I your king!   I have power greater than all of my horses and all of my men, who failed to put you together again.  Be at peace.  I am here to help.”

And Humpty said, “Leave me alone.  I’ve gotten use to this new way of life.  I kind of like it now.”

The king tried to interrupt, but Humpty went on.

“I tell you I’m fine.  I like it here…The trash can over there…the way the sun sparkles on the broken glass.  This must be the garden spot of the world.  I like my life.”

The King tried again, “Humpty, I assure you my kingdom has much more to offer than this back alley.  There are green mountains, and rolling surfs, and exciting cities.  It is an adventure to live in my kingdom, you don’t want to miss it.”

But Humpty would hear done of it.  And the saddened King returned to the palace.

A week later, one of Humpty’s eyes rolled skyward only to see once again the concerned face of the King standing over his fractured pieces.  This time the King firmly said, “I’ve come to help you.”

“Look, just leave me alone, will ya?  I’ve just seen my psychiatrist, and he assures me that I’m doing a fine job of coping with my environment as it is.  He understands why I cracked up.  He said if he had been on that wall and had the same fall, he would have cracked up too.  You’re just a crutch, King.  A man has to deal with life as it comes.  I’m a realist.”

And the king said, “But wouldn’t you rather walk.  Wouldn’t you rather be made whole and put together again?”

And Humpty’s reply was, “Look, once I get up and start walking, I’ll have to stay up and keep walking.  And what if I fall off the wall again?  At this point in my life I’m not ready to make a commitment like that.  So, if you’ll excuse me, you’re blocking my sun.  And by the way, if I wanted to be put together again, I can do it myself, thank you very much.”

Reluctantly, the King turned once again and walked through the streets of the kingdom back to the palace.

It was over a year before the King ventured to return to Humpty’s side.  But sure enough, one bright morning, life still shattered, Humpty’s ears perked up as he heard the steady strides of the King.  This time he was ready.  Humpty’s eyes turned toward the tall figure and simply whispered, “My king.”

Immediately, the king fell to His knees, on the glass-covered pavement.  His strong, knowing hands gently began to put the pieces of Humpty’s fragment life together again.

After some time, His work completed, the King rose to His full height, pulling up with Him the figure of a strong young man, who was indeed put together and was whole.  The two walked side by side through the kingdom.  Together they stood atop lush green mountains.  They ran together along deserted beaches.  They laughed and joked together as they strolled through the gleaming cities of the King’s domain.  This went on forever and ever.

Once while walking down the sidewalk in one of the king’s cities, Humpty overheard a remark that made his heart leap with joy, because of his new life and because the bitter memory of the back alley was just about gone.  Someone said, “Say, who are those two men?”  Another replied, “Why the one on the left is ole’ Humpty Dumpty put together again.  I don’t know the One on the right, but they sure look like brothers.”

Is there any chance you saw yourself somewhere in a silly little nursery rhyme?  And do you really understand that only the King can put together again a shattered life?   And do you understand you absolutely can stop Him by saying, “No, I’m not ready.”  Or, “No, I like my shattered life.”  Or by saying, “If anyone is going to put my shattered life together again it’s going to me, I don’t need you.”

I remember the day Fred (Humpty Dumpty) Prince was put together again.

Have you allowed the King to put you back together again?

Have you allowed the King to make you into a brand new creation?

And just as important have you told your story, have you told the one you know whose life is shattered, how your life was put back together again buy the King?

Now, that would make the King smile!

 

What you Need to Know.

Kathy Hedden is conducting a Robot Competition for the teens.  Build a robot for VBS and earn a prize!!! Robot must b e 5 – 6 feet tall.  Use any supplies and gadgets around your house!  All entries due by Sunday, May 28th.  See Kathy for any more details or information.

Sign up to help with the Neighborhood Connection!  Jerry Stone needs volunteers to help with this annual event!  Sign up sheets will be in the foyer on May 14 and 21st.  See Jerry if you’d like more information or just want to get on the list now!

VBS Staff/Volunteer meeting will be held at 5:30 PM in room #106 on Wednesday, May 24th.  Kathy Hedden is providing supper for the meeting.

Karate – Mondays and Thursdays at 6:00 p.m., and Saturdays at 9:00 a.m.

Wednesday Night Kids! – Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m.

Velocity Student Ministries – Wednesdays from 6:15 – 7:45 p.m.

Brenden Gardens Bible Study – Thursdays, 6:30 p.m.

Open Gym – Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.

Connect Groups – Sundays at 6:00 p.m.

 

Please Pray For:

Mary Alice Hunt

Fran Herwehe

Carol Tandy

TJ Ballog

Betty Colvin

Carroll & Rose Stark

Amy Earl

Hettie Kinman

Martha Daily

Janet Gille

Mary Bishop’s grandson, Bannock Galloway, has cystic fibrosis; granddaughter Elyssa and pregnancy issues

Julie Duncan – Aunt Joanne Boyce diagnosed with lung cancer

Abby Heppe – sister-in-law, Liz, has liver and gall bladder cancer

Sylvia Garner

Lucas Gebhardt – medical testing is complete; nothing found right now…keep praying

Charles Camp – special physical need

Jim Mills – recovering from stent surgery

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