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|Who will you run to for help?|
One of my favorite stories as a child was "The Gingerbread Man." I envisioned the little old woman and the little old man living in a little old house similar to the one in which my grandparents lived. I never grew tired of hearing the story of a runaway cookie. As the little old woman removes the cookie from the oven, I could almost smell the wonderful aroma of freshly baked gingerbread. I laughed at the thought of the "little old couple" chasing the gingerbread man down the lane.
As the adventure continues, the gentle brown cow and the big brown bear join in the chase — each wanting the cookie for personal gain. To this day I can remember my mom reading the story with great enthusiasm, especially when the gingerbread man exclaims, "Run, run, as fast as you can. You can't catch me — I'm the Gingerbread Man!" I still appreciate the cadence of his confident challenge. Each page finds him continually boasting of his previous escapes. But as you well know, all too soon the runaway cookie comes to a river he cannot cross. Next to the river is a wily red fox.
Apparently the Gingerbread Man never met Little Red Riding Hood. If he had, surely she would have warned him of the dangers of the wily red fox, who is (for purposes of this article only) a first cousin to a big, bad wolf. Subsequently, the runaway cookie sees no way out. So, against his better judgment, he decides to trust the fox who declares he doesn't even like gingerbread. The journey across the river starts out as a harmless one. However, the deeper the river becomes, the more intense the swim becomes. The cookie moves from the fox's tail to his back; from his back to his head; from his head to his nose — and the rest is history.
For the full report, see Page 5A of this week's Citizen.
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Jo Ann Cooper is a United Methodist pastor of the LA Conference.