John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress continues to inspire.
Have you read it?
It is an allegory, the story of a man's journey
from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City.
The Summer Street Church middle-schoolers
are performing the story with puppets:
Pilgrim: Hello, Friend! Wake up! shaking him
What happened to you? Are you all right?
Sloth: yawning and stretching
Yes, yes. I'm fine. Just fine.
Sloth is my name.
I'm on my way to the Celestial City.
Pilgrim: Indeed you are not!
I find you sleeping on the road.
I know, hmmm. So tired. Maybe tomorrow...
Tomorrow may be too late! Come with me, friend Sloth,
perhaps we can keep each other alert along the way.
Sloth: head drooping down, waving arm dismissively
You go ahead, I'll be along eventually.
Such a long road, rest first. Ho-hum, so sleepy...
Pilgrim: Oh truly it is said: "Let us not be like the others, who are asleep,
but let us be alert and self-controlled."
But I must hurry to the Celestial City.
Just one little nap...big yawn and slumps over
Pilgrim: NO! Onward, the City awaits!
As Pilgrim reminds us:
the City awaits!