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How about some Green Eggs and Ham?

He answered, “The man called Jesus made mud, spread it on my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ Then I went and washed and received my sight” (John 9:11).

My car radio was turned to the talk/advice/soft-rock station. It was St. Patrick’s Day, and the deejay talked about using food coloring to create green potatoes, milk, and scrambled eggs. That got me thinking about Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham. Remember?

Do you like green eggs and ham?
I do not like them Sam-I-am.
I do not like green eggs and ham.

The classic children’s story is, like the healing of the man born blind, a story of conversion and transformation.

Every moment of every day, God is inviting us, as he did that blind man, into his love. And we, like those religion authorities, resist and object. We need to learn from the blind man—to trust in Christ and be ready to move from blindness to sight.

In the end, Seuss’ character caves in to Sam’s badgering, hoping Sam will then leave him alone. And he discovers he likes them: “I will eat them here and there, say, I WILL EAT THEM ANYWHERE! I do so like green eggs and ham. Thank you! Thank you, Sam-I-Am!”

And we will say: “I will follow you here and there, say, I WILL FOLLOW YOU ANYWHERE! I will follow you, even to the cross, great God-I-Am!”

I bind unto myself today the power of God to hold and lead, his eye to watch, his insight to stay, his ear to hearken to my need. Amen. (Attributed to St. Patrick)

This week's front page features:

Training global leaders: ELCA scholarships cover the world. (Photo at right.)

Judaism & Christianity: Challenge for sibling religions is to move from rivalry to new respect.

Artist shows Jesus' Jewish heritage: 'I want to promote his message of love.'

Gathered for hope: Congregation offers support group to help the weary cope.

Also: The sound of Taizé.

Also: What's up with the numbers?

Also: Students explore ecumenical links.

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This week on our blog:

Andrea Pohlmann blogs about whether the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Chicago remains part of the denomination.

Amber Leberman (right) writes about the launch of The Little Lutheran's Web site.

Sonia Solomonson announces the birth of a new magazine for children 6 and younger — The Little Lutheran.

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