On the 15th of May, in the Jungle of Nool, In the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool, He was splashing… enjoying the jungle’s great joys… When Horton the elephant heard a small noise.”
These are the classic opening lines of the Dr. Seuss classic Horton Hears a Who, which is a tremendous story about an elephant named Horton who one day discovers and hears this small community of creatures living on a speck of dust called “Whos”. And Horton is convinced of their existence and he hears them. And the story tells of him persevering and promising and vowing to care for and protect these small creatures called Whos amidst persecution and harassment from Sour Kangaroos and a gang of monkeys and a vulture named Vlad.
And he does. He protects them. One of the driving motivations, one of the driving sayings, one of the driving truths that motivates and pushes Horton is this: “A person’s a person no matter how small.”
You know this phrase seems to be a truth that comes out of the very heart of Jesus, doesn’t it? Perhaps our Savior might say, “A person is worthy of love…no matter how small.” Or maybe, “A person is worthy of love…no matter how large; no matter how poor. No matter how smelly. No matter how ugly or mean. No matter what color their skin or what language they speak.”
This week we continue our series Loving the 757. We will look at how we can follow the example of Jesus and engage with people around us in a way that enables them to know that we care. We will also look at the early church and the approach that they took to reach out to persons great and small.