“I feel like an idiot.” Clarence complained to Kate, his fellow Sunday school leader.
Kate tried to muffle a grin as she looked at Clarence standing awkwardly in a fitted Kaiser bun costume complete with tan leggings.
“You don’t look like an idiot.” Kate replied rather unconvincingly.
“How come you get to be the 'a?'" Clarence muttered.
Kate tugged on her shirt that proudly displayed a bold letter ‘a.’ “Come on, this shirt is ugly. I hate wearing pink!”
“At this moment, I’d rather be wearing a pink letter ‘a’ tee shirt than sporting a sweaty overstuffed bun costume that makes me look like a tan abominable snowman. And let’s not forget the tights…”
“Leggings” Kate piped in. Her smile was no longer hidden.
“Whatever” he muttered. “Look, let’s just get this over with. What time did Pastor Keith want us in there?”
A tiny rap on the door answered his question. It was time. Clarence slowly turned the door knob. A wave of fear, which turned out to be Kate, pushed him through the door.
Over a hundred eyes were locked on the classroom entrance as the walking bun strolled into the room. And if on cue, the kids began their pointing and laughing.
Clarence put on his best smile and waved to the kids.
“Hey everyone! Do you all know what I am?”
Hands shot up into the air.
“Jordan, do you know who I am”
“Jesus?” Came the timid response.
Clarence cleared his throat to disguise his rising laughter.
“Well, Jesus was called the Bread of Life, but that’s not what we’re talking about today. Anyone else?”
“You’re a bun!” Shrieked Sandra, anxious to be heard above the others.
“No, he’s a bum! Get it? A bum!” Aaron, the Sunday school class clown, laughed at his own joke. Soon a small chant was rising in the overcrowded room.
“Bum, bum, bum, bum.”
Clarence shot a pleading look to Pastor Keith.
The pastor rose to his feet and within seconds the group quieted.
“Kids, we don’t use that kind of language in class. We’re blessed to have these guests. They’re going to help teach us some very important things. Are you ready to put on your listening ears?”
The class nodded solemnly. Aaron continued forming the word “bum” silently with his lips. Clarence resisted the urge to muzzle him.
Kate jumped at the silent opportunity.
“Great! Pastor Keith told us that you’re talking about how to have the best life possible. Today’s lesson is about a strange word called ‘abundance.’ It’s a pretty big word and Pastor Keith will be using it a lot in this class, so to help you remember, we’re going to do a little a song and dance. Are you ready?”
“Yeahhhhhh,” The kids yelled while clapping their response.
The duo readied themselves. Clarence stepped forward and looked at the dozens of smiling faces. A smile crept on his face.
“Does everyone know the song, ‘The Hokey Pokey?’”
A dozen bored looks gave the answer to his question.
“Whoa, hold on. This is to the tune of the Hokey Pokey, but it’s waayyy different. Everyone see Kate’s bright pink tee shirt?...Well, what sound does that letter make?”
Hands shot up around the room.
“Yes, Karen? What does the sound make?”
“It makes the sound ‘a’ like ‘apple.’”
“Awesome Karen! The first part of the song’s name is ‘a,’ like Kate’s tee shirt, the second part is ‘bun.’ I know you’ll all remember that because of my costume. And the last part of the title is ‘dance,’ because the ‘a’ and the ‘bun’ will be doing a dance for you. When you put it all together it’s ‘a-bun-dance’. ..What’s the title?”
“A-BUN-DANCE!” Rang throughout the classroom as the group dissolved into a sea of giggles.
“Wonderful! Here it goes.”
You put your “Ahhhhh” in
You put “bunnnnnnnn” out
You put your “ah-bun” in and you dance all about
You do the ‘bundance hokey while you’re turning all around
And we call it “A...bunnn…dance”
A smile crossed Pastor Keith’s face as he watched the two teens jumping around, belting out their song.
God, this is what it’s all about. Seeing two teens going against the grain, hopping around in costumes making YOU exciting. You have so much for these kids and Clarence and Kate. Help them to never forget that giving their lives to You is the only way to discover that abundant life that is only possible through You and You alone.
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