2020_010_A
Support the Café
Search our site

“Where there is life, there is hope”

“Where there is life, there is hope”

Episcopal priest Megan Castellan guest blogs on The Daily Cake with an entry called “Muppet Hope”. An excerpt:

In the mishmash of things I recall from my childhood, Grover’s manically-dancing waiter, who systematically destroys every entree he delivers, stays with me. When angrily confronted by his frustrated customer, who asks if he could find any way at all to refrain from stomping his next meal to death, Grover stares at him for a long moment. ”Where there is life, there is hope,” he says somberly. (Cracks me up every time.)

The genius of Sesame Street always was that it spoke to children while never lying to them. Sesame Street was a microcosm of the real world and did not flinch from that. Life may be fun and safe at Sesame Street, but life wasn’t perfect. People suffered disappointments and setbacks. Muppets got scared and sad (and occasionally grouchy.) Mr. Hooper died. And Grover could not manage to be a competent waiter.

And yet, there was still hope. Not the hope borne out of a Barney-and-friends sense of denial and cheeriness, but a hope with teeth. Grover stood in the middle of shattered crockery and trampled enchiladas, the ruins of his past attempts, and announced that he would yet still try to get this right. Even while fully acknowledging the messiness, and fragility of the world, Sesame Street taught hope.

What are some of the the unexpected places you have found hope?

Facebooktwitterpinterestlinkedinmail

Café Comments?

Our comment policy requires that you use your real first and last names and provide an email address (your email will not be published). Comments that use non-PG rated language, include personal attacks, that are not provable as fact or that we deem in any way to be counter to our mission of fostering respectful dialogue will not be posted.

Facebooktwitterrss
Support the Café
Past Posts

The Episcopal Café seeks to be an independent voice, reporting and reflecting on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican tradition.  The Café is not a platform of advocacy, but it does aim to tell the story of the church from the perspective of Progressive Christianity.  Our collective sympathy, as the Café, lies with the project of widening the circle of inclusion within the church and empowering all the baptized for the role to which they have been called as followers of Christ.

The opinions expressed at the Café are those of individual contributors, and, unless otherwise noted, should not be interpreted as official statements of a parish, diocese or other organization. The art and articles that appear here remain the property of their creators.

All Content  © 2017 Episcopal Café