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The Lesson of Flat Jesus

Today is June 25, and I am home recuperating from surgery on my ankle. Many thanks to Jan and Sue Snyder for loaning me their knee scooter. – it makes life so much easier than crutches! I see the surgeon this Friday, and will have the cast put on – more weeks of non-weight bearing. Then sometime around the first of August I will go into a boot, and begin physical therapy.

The summer has already begun, and here at St. Tom’s we are looking forward to some great events, for which you will find lots of information in these pages.

Along with the events that are planned, I hope you join us in a fun and playful activity – taking “Flat Jesus” on vacation with you.

What is “Flat Jesus?” For those of you who have had children learn some things about geography through the travels of Flat Stanley, you can figure out that Flat Jesus, like Flat Stanley, is a paper doll you take everywhere with you. Wherever you go, you can take pictures of Flat Jesus in that place, and post the pictures to St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church’s Facebook group called “The Adventures of Flat Jesus”, or send the pictures to Jill at stthomastowson@gmail.com. She will put the pictures together to show all the places where Flat Jesus has gone.

If you’re not sure you want to do this, ask your children or grandchildren. They made a Flat Jesus on the last day of Sunday School, and with your encouragement, they can begin to take selfies with Flat Jesus. This is our opportunity as a church to become like children – something Jesus said was necessary for us to enter the Kingdom of God. We take life so seriously. We are burdened with many concerns. Take the summer to do something different, and take Flat Jesus to the ballgames, the farmer’s market, the 4th of July fireworks, to the pool, and all the places that are part of Maryland living in the summer. Then take him on vacation, and send all your pics to the church. You will find a Flat Jesus to make and color in these pages.

There is a lesson for all of us in Flat Jesus – our Flat Jesus, a little paper doll, can go with us everywhere. It’s a reminder, isn’t it, that the true Jesus, our Lord, promised to never leave us or forsake us. In his final address to his disciples, Jesus said we were t abide in him – and that he would abide in us. Taking Flat Jesus with us encourages us to think of our lives being centered on Christ – the One who gave himself for us, and who lives in us today.

Rev. Loree A. Penner