For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. (Luke 14:11)

In the children’s message for tomorrow I’m using the Dr. Seuss story of Yertle the Turtle.  We didn’t have the book, so my wife and I wrote own version.

Yertle the Turtle

Yertle the Turtle, King of the Pond,

sat on a Stone

Which served as his Throne

Wanted to rise above and beyond.


Mack and his buddies

Eager to obey,

Stacked themselves

Like bales of hay.


But Yertle did not say, “Thank you”

Or even “Do you need a drink.”

No, Yertle the turtle shouted six words,



But the tower of turtles

Collapsed to the Ground

Tossing Yertle, King of the Pond,

Into the mud which lay all around.


Now Yertle the turtle is King of the Mud

No longer, sitting on his stone

Which he took for his throne

No, Yertle the turtle is just a mud dud.










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