King Dum Dum
PROCESSIONAL PRELUDE - # 16
"’Tis a Gift to be Simple"
In all the lands of all the world, since the beginning
of recorded time, there has never been another man quite like him. That’s
because he is not a man, but in fact, a wizard. He has mesmerizing
powers of magic. Legendary wisdom. Cleverness incomparable. And even
more than his wonderful sense of humor, he’s most famous for his
ability to… well, you’ll see.
His name is ‘Wiz-And.’ Actually, that is his
nickname. His full name is, "Handy, Dandy, Randy the Wonderful
Wizard of the Land of And!" You can see why he’s called
"Wiz-And." He spends his time traveling high and low, looking
for the villages most in need of his special talents. The ones most in
need of… well, you’ll see.
On this particular day, long ago, in this particular
village, he’d found it. A place that was just lost enough, but not so
lost, that he could help. And so he set to work.
He waited till the busiest time of day and then he
walked through the village square performing feats of magic like no one
had ever seen. He made rabbits appear out of hats. He made hats appear
out of rabbits. He made rabbits wearing hats appear and disappear all
over the place. And when he had the attention of everyone in the
village, from the king to the most common of folks, he told them a
(in wizard’s voice)
"There is a treasure here worth more than
everything in the world put together. More than even our lives. More,
because it can change any life from mundane to magical. I have hidden it
here somewhere that anyone can find. It is my gift to you – as long as
you find it before the end of the year. Whosoever does, in the span of
this year, will know the secret of the gods and command a treasure worth
more than all the money in the world. Whosoever doesn’t will carry the
burden of his own worst enemy."
And with that, he smiled. He raised his arms, turned
and waved at the crowd, bid them ‘good luck’ and ‘happy treasure
hunting.’ Then, in the middle of the crowd, a flash went up, sparks
flew, smoke billowed… and he was gone. Instead, in his place, standing
on four legs was a goat.
No one could believe their eyes. They just stood
there, mouths open, eyes peeled, staring at the goat. No one could move.
They were too surprised to blink or even to stutter. That is, until the
goat got tired of the gawking and said,
(in goat’s voice)
"What are you looking at?"
With that the people who were rubbing their eyes began
rubbing their ears. ‘Had this goat just talked?’ they wondered. The
goat just shrugged his shoulders as if he’d seen it before and began
HYMN # 346 "Come Sing a
Song with Me"
STORY PART I
(Randy is in the center wearing all the coats.
Characters are around the circle. Each has nametags – they will
be provided – and when your name is called you stand up and turn
your name tag around.)
A talking Goat. And not only a talking Goat but a
singing goat. And not only that but a layered goat as well. As
people got closer they noticed that this goat had layers and layers
of skins atop his back. Disbelieving what they were seeing, the
people moved closer. They were compelled, almost by magic, to touch
the skin of the goat. The goat just smiled.
"That’s right," the goat said loudly.
"They are real. These layers are coats. ‘Goat coats’ to be
exact. And they are magic. And not only that, they are the most
comfortable coats you will ever wear. Try one on," he offered.
And they did. And it was true. They were the most comfortable coats
they had ever worn.
And they were magic. For each coat was cast with a
spell to make anyone who put it on feel safer and more comfortable
than they’ve ever felt before. But what the people didn’t know
was that it was not necessarily good magic. The coats actually
heightened the natural defenses of the people who wore them. They
protected people’s hearts from breaking. For anyone who protected
their heart by being cynical would become more cynical. Anyone who
protected their heart by being silly became more silly. But they
all, indeed, felt much safer and secure.
The first to take a coat was the father of the
village people. He was a kindly, stout man who, on account of living
in the very southern part of the village, was often called Bubba.
Bubba had a gift for being kind and thoughtful and earning the trust
of all who met him through his storytelling. But he had always,
secretly, protected his own heart by being cautious. And when he put
on the coat he felt every precaution of the world wrapped around
him. And he smiled.
(Bubba sits, Baba stands)
The next to take a coat was Bubba’s daughter,
Baby baby (Bubba had a hard time thinking up names) so people just
called her ‘Baba’ for short. Baba was known as the champion of
the village because she understood justice and fought for the rights
of all persons. But Baba had protected her heart by sometimes being
over-zealous and so when she wrapped the coat around herself she
felt very righteous. And as she felt it on her shoulders she turned
her nose indignantly in the air. And she smiled.
(Baba sits, Dee Dee stands)
The third to take a coat was Deborah the
Diabolical – known as "Dee Dee" for short. Dee Dee had a
gift for making people smile and loved to play tricks which made
people laugh. And for this reason she was well liked. But she often
hid her heart under her mischief and defiance for she never liked to
be told what to do. Her coat made her instantly see all the mischief
she could create and all the tricks she could play on others. And
(Dee Dee sits)
It was at this point that the people of the
kingdom stepped forth to take their coats. The people of the kingdom
owned the land around the castle, including all the land of the
village. They were not always liked by the people of the village
because they owned everything and they didn’t always share well or
play nice with others.
(Dum Dum stands)
The first to take his coat was the King, Dunsley
Dunbar II. Dunsley Dunbar II liked to think of himself as a wise
king, and he was indeed, pretty wise. But when the people didn’t
like him they would call him Dum Dum Squared. King Dunsley used an
aire of authority and judgment to protect himself and so his coat
gave him a very important and pretentious nature. And he smiled.
(Dum Dum sits, Hubba stands)
After the King came the King’s sister, Harriett
Underhill Bertha Barthalimieux Aghast, - which was way too much for
anyone to pronounce so they just called her by her initials: HUBBA.
Hubba had a good heart but had been teased her whole life because of
her name and therefore was very suspicious of everyone. She spent
most of her life building up and training the army to be on the
lookout in case of attack by the neighboring village. When she put
on the coat she felt certain she could anticipate any treachery or
treason. And she smiled.
(Hubba sits, Wawa stands)
The last to take a coat was the King’s
treasurer, Walter Whattapain, who because he always cried about how
the kingdom never had enough money, was just called Wawa. Wawa was
thoughtful and careful and well organized. But he protected himself
by wanting to own everything around. He worked in the Kingdom’s
treasury and the money made him feel very secure. When he put on the
coat, he felt rich. And he smiled.
(Everyone stands in a line)
The problem was that even though the goat coats
gave everyone more of what they had, there was still a strong
feeling of something they didn’t have. Everyone chalked that up to
the desire to find the hidden treasure. And everyone felt sure that
their newly increased gifts would help them.
(While everyone is standing the character who’s
name is called steps forward. Characters step back as the next
name is called and that character steps forward)
Bubba felt certain caution would prevail
Baba felt righteousness would win out
Dee Dee felt cunning was the key
King Dunsley felt like shrewd judgment would make
Hubba felt that her suspicions would save for her
And Wawa felt that his wealth would open the right
Each one of these characters felt better with the
coats covering their empty hearts. And each one could see the
treasure in their mind’s eye. And each saw it laying somewhere out
there, beyond them. They all thought of how their fortune would
change when they found the treasure. And no one noticed the goat who
was just shaking his head and chuckling to himself.
We light this chalice for the warmth of love that
shines through even the layers of defense we use to protect our
heart. May we find ways for this love to break through that we may
know the power that binds each to all.
WELCOME AND GREETING
Good morning! My name is Karen LoBracco and I am the
Director of Religious Education here at UUMAN. This morning along with
Greg Ward, our minister, Elena Boguslavsky, our pianist, Kathleen
Shearer, this morning’s narrator, and a cast of thousands we welcome
you to the Unitarian Universalist Metro Atlanta North congregation,
affectionately known as UUMAN. Here, no matter who you are, where your
from, whether your big or little, man or woman, no matter the color of
your skin, the neighborhood you live in or who you fall in love with,
you are welcome here.
There are a few announcements before we continue
with the story.
This afternoon, starting at 1:00, there is a meeting
of the Gay-Lesbian. Anyone interested in helping to support this group
or offer input into the group’s future, is welcome to attend. Lunch
will be provided.
There will be a rummage sale and Robyn Henry
(Martina Q at the second service) will tell us about it.
There will be the secret friends celebration this
morning between services. We invite you to attend and join in the
This morning’s service is about celebration and
how we find the treasure that is hidden somewhere in our lives. Let
us, in that light, stand and sing our opening hymn, the words are
printed in your order of worship.
*HYMN # 396 "I
Know This Rose Will Open"
I know this rose will open
I know my fears will burn away
I know my soul will unfurl it’s wings
I know this rose will open
*HAND OF FRIENDSHIP
Now, if you’ll stand and open your heart to the
people in this community, we will turn to those people closest to us
and offer the hand of friendship.
STORY PART II
(Here again, everyone stands or steps forward when
Okay, let’s recap what we know:
- Wizard comes to the Land of And announcing that
there is a treasure buried somewhere that will change any life from
mundane to magical. Whoever fails to find will care the burden of
their own worst enemy.
- A goat appears giving out coats that heighten
everyone’s protective nature
- Bubba, the father, becomes more cautious
- Baba, the daughter, becomes more righteous
- Dee Dee, the other daughter, becomes more
- King Dunsley Dunbar II (who is sometimes called
Dum Dum – but he hates that) becomes more judgmental
- Hubba, the King’s sister, becomes more
- And Wawa, the King’s Treasurer, becomes more
All of them feel empty on the inside. But they also
feel protected by their coats and certain that the coats will help
them find the treasure that will cure their emptiness. Sound familiar?
One last piece of information. The goat’s name is
‘But.’ (for reasons which will become obvious)
Here’s where it gets good.
Dee Dee, who’s sister is Baba and father is Bubba,
is caught in the King’s garden picking roses. She had originally
followed the goat in there hoping the goat would lead her to the
treasure; but when she lost sight of the goat she decided to stay and
pick a bouquet to give to the King (Dum Dum), being kind of sweet on
him on account of him being handsome – at least when he wasn’t
being so authoritative and judgmental, which she hated. But Dum Dum
caught her in the act of picking the roses and told her that she would
have to go to court and stand sentence before the judge (none other
than Dum Dum himself). Dum Dum sentenced Dee Dee to the dungeon, which
she protested, explaining that she was just picking the roses for him.
Dee Dee cried and Dum Dum thought. Perhaps I am being too hasty, he
said, confessing that he, too, found her to be extraordinarily
attractive. In the end, he declared a deal. If she would stay for a
year in the castle with him and prove, in such time, that she would
not defy him, then he would marry her. ‘But Dum Dum!’ Dee Dee
declared, ‘it isn’t that simple. You must also prove to me that
you won’t be forever judging me before I marry you.’ So it was
agreed. Dee Dee would stay in the castle for a year. At the end of
that year, if she had defied the king, he could take her most precious
possession. If, on the other hand, he had stood in judgment of her,
she could take whatever was his most precious possession. They both
secretly thought that this deal would insure that they would get the
treasure, even if the other found it first. They agreed and she moved
into the castle. Into separate rooms.
Meanwhile, down in the southern part of the village,
everyone had gathered around Bubba’s brew pot as they were accustom
to doing since Bubba brewed the biggest batch of boiled bananas anyone
had ever seen. Since bananas were about the only food that grew in the
land of And, people had gotten used to it. Around the fire, Bubba
would tell stories. Bubba’s stories were almost always about
adventure and finding treasure. So, since the wizard had come to town,
his stories had become more popular then ever. No one really cared
whether or not they were true. Except one woman who had just recently
started coming. She sat in the back and she wore a disguise so that no
one would recognize her. It turned out that it was really the King’s
sister Hubba who had come to spy on Bubba to see what he knew. Hubba
figured that if Bubba knew where the treasure was, she would find a
way to cheat him out of it. So whenever Bubba talked, Hubba listened
and wherever Bubba went, Hubba followed, always in disguise. Hubba had
also wanted to find out what made Bubba so popular. For the longest
time, she had been trying to get the villagers to come to her banana
boils so that she could recruit them for her army. But none of them
wanted to go because Bubba told such good stories. Well, Bubba was a
very cautious person, but he was not stupid. He noticed this same
woman showing up at the Banana boils and saw her following him on his
walks through the village forest. At first Bubba thought the woman
must just be very hungry and liked his boiled bananas. Then he
wondered if, maybe, just maybe, she might be attracted to him. But
Bubba was too cautious to walk up to this strange woman and ask her.
Meanwhile, a little closer to the castle was a small
hut in the touristy section of the village where Baba lived. Baba,
being the righteous one in the family, had always been an activist.
She moved around with Greenpeace and various election efforts, toured
with the ‘get out the vote’ campaign… all the good causes. Baba
ran a printing press in the basement of her hut. Most of the night you
could hear the press chugging along. Ka-chink, Ka-chink, Ka-chink.
Churning out posters for no nukes, pro choice, save the whales… She
even printed the newsletter for the village’s Unitarian Universalist
church. All of this, as you can well imagine, was pretty expensive.
And to top that off there is not a whole lot of money in the activist
business. Baba found that she could barely keep ahead of the bills
coming in from the King’s treasurer. Lately, it had gotten so bad
that the greedy little treasurer, Wawa, was coming around himself to
collect the taxes. And he never missed a dime. To pay for all the
costs, Baba had begun to support herself by printing up treasure maps
for all the tourists. Hunting for the treasure had become all the rage
lately and all the tourists were hungry for the latest maps. Baba
usually printed them up so that they led to a place where she had
buried a jar with a note in it telling them to go buy the next map. It
was a pretty good racket. It seemed to have most of the village
fooled. Including one money hungry treasurer who had been coming
around looking for clues. Everyday, Wawa would pick up the latest map
and head off into the forest. This seemed to keep him happy. For every
day he would go off singing the same song.
*HYMN – # 348
"Guide My Feet
Guide my feet while I run this race (x3)
because I don’t want to run this race
Give me Strength…
Search my heart…
STORY PART III
(Characters walk around the circle)
The whole time people frantically searched for the
treasure, they continued to wear their goat coats. At first, in the
winter, when they first got them, it seemed like a good idea. But
pretty soon, spring came. Then early summer. And as it got pretty hot,
the people with the goat coats began to get more and more
uncomfortable. Still they felt pretty attached to them, even though
they were clearly a little too warm and displayed a poor choice of
seasonal fashion sense.
The goat thought this was very funny. He walked
around and whenever he saw one of them he would make sure to walk
beside them and talk to them. "Isn’t that a great coat?"
he would ask them. "Have you ever worn a more comfortable coat in
all your life?" He could see them sweating, almost suffocating in
their coats. Yet, he could also see that they had grown far too
attached to their false sense sense of security to take them off.
"A coat like that has got to make you feel
great, I bet. Sure does for me. I never take mine off," the goat
said. This made the people think and remember that peculiar sense of
emptiness inside them which had not gone away even after months of
wearing the coat. "I bet that coat is about the most precious
thing in your life," the goat continued, trying to chide them.
And then the people would remember the treasure they were looking for
and how precious that seemed. "Well… I don’t know," they
said. Or, "I’m not sure I would say that," they
"Tell you what," continued the goat.
"I’ll make you a deal. I can’t give you the treasure. But I
can make sure that if you give me the coat now, that you don’t have
to carry your worst enemy’s burden." The people thought about
it for a minute. But one by one they all decided that they wanted to
find the treasure. So they declined his offer and kept their coats.
"You said that the coat wasn’t the most
precious thing in the world, didn’t you?" asked the goat.
"Why don’t you give it to me and then look for what is most
precious?" And one by one they all hemmed and hawed. Then they’d
all, in one way or another, turn back to the goat and say, well I
And each time they would say the word, ‘but,’
the goat would wait till they turned around. And then he would run up
from behind them and bump them right in the ___________. That’s
right, in the (ahem… bottom). And that’s how the goat got his
name. ‘But’ the goat.
JOYS AND CONCERNS
(This HAS TO BE short – not sure how we can keep
this to a minimum but we’re going to have to try)
Now is the time in the service where the love that
binds us together is spoken aloud. If you have a joy or concern that by
sharing with this caring community might bring a moment of hope or a
measure of healing, we invite you to come forward – or speak from
where your standing – say your name and the joy or concern you would
have this community hold in its heart for the week to come.
For those joys and concerns spoken and for those still
left in the silent sanctuary of our hearts, this community exists as the
prayer that would help you through the week to come.
STORY PART IV
Now, in the early fall of the season, Dee Dee, who’s
father is Bubba and sister is Baba, continued to go for long walks in
the forest even after she moved into the castle with Dum Dum. She had
begun to see a different side of him now. Although he worked all day
long acting as judge over the land, she could see that he did so with as
much care as he had in his heart. But as he spent so much time in the
kingdom’s court, she had lots of time to continue to explore the
forest. And she could not help but notice what had been going on. She
noticed that someone was following her father, Bubba, on his trips to
the village. As she quietly snuck up behind the disguised woman, Dee Dee
could see that it was actually Hubba who Dee Dee recognized from the
castle. Seeing Hubba in disguise made Dee Dee figure she was up to no
good. So Dee Dee decided she would play a trick. Every day from then on,
she would go to the castle gardens and pick the most beautiful roses.
Then she would carry them while she hid in the forest. After her father,
Bubba, passed by, Dee Dee would emerge from hiding, place the Roses in
the places he’d passed, and hurry out of site. Inevitably, Hubba would
come along and find the roses. After so many days she felt certain that
it must be Bubba leaving them for her to find. But she was still
Meanwhile, Bubba, noticed that Hubba was following
him. He thought she might be friendly but was too shy to say so. But
being cautious, he thought she might be a stalker. Caution won out and
Bubba decided to dig a deep pit just in case. And after a few days, when
he had it finished, he covered the top with branches and leaves so no
one could tell.
This would have all been fine except for the trap
happened to be almost directly in the path of the latest map which Baba
had drawn up. So, early the following week, while on his way out
following the latest treasure map, Wawa failed to watch where he was
going and – you guessed it – fell right into the trap. So there he
sat, screaming and screaming from the bottom of the trap.
Meanwhile, Hubba who had been following the trail
looking for Bubba, had just found the flowers left by Dee Dee when she
heard the screams. Turning around she ran with the flowers, dropping
several on the way as she followed the sound of the screaming. But, she
too, didn’t see the trap and fell right in landing at the feet of of
Wawa, still holding the flowers. "Wawa!" cried Hubba
suspiciously. "Hubba," cried Wawa greedily. Then, spying the
flowers in her hand, Wawa lunged to grab them. And just as Wawa got hold
of the flowers, Bubba appeared at the edge of the pit.
Bubba had come running when he heard the commotion. He
had seen Hubba running in front of him and picked up the flowers she had
dropped thinking they were meant for him. When he got to the pit and saw
Hubba on her knees looking like she was proposing to Wawa. He became so
incensed with jealousy, he ripped off his coat and threw caution to the
wind and jumped into the pit to save the honor of his beloved Hubba.
This happened just at the same moment Baba, who had
been hiding his latest treasure map, heard the screams and came running
to the edge of the pit. Seeing the arms of his father around the neck of
the much smaller accountant, Baba figured it was a justice issue and
threw herself into the pit to fight for the little guy. Hubba, seeing
someone trying to attack Bubba, threw off her coat and began to defend
Bubba. Wawa, no longer feeling greedy, threw off his coat to save Baba.
Baba, being the righteous one, simply had her coat ripped off. And there
they all were. Fighting amidst each other, flowers flying when they saw
Dum Dum ordered everyone to be arrested and taken out
of the pit and marched in to court. He had found his flowers missing and
came to look for the culprits. And when he saw the fiasco in the pit he
knew they were all going to pay. Big time.
Now is the time in the service where we all pay. Big
time. We will now receive this morning’s offering for the work of the
church, within and beyond our walls.
For the work of the church which is weaving a tapestry
of love with our lives, we give thanks for this offering and the people
who make it possible.
"We sing now together in joyful
thanksgiving acclaiming creation whose bounty we share; both
sorrow and gladness we find now in our living, we sing a hymn of
praise to the life that we bear."
STORY PART V
The scene in the court room was a bigger fiasco than
what just occurred in the pit. Fingers pointed and accusations flew.
Only three things, at the end of the trial, seemed clear.
1. Everyone was stripped of their goat coats and they
sat in the courtroom feeling at the mercy of the King. And at the mercy
of their own hearts which had begun to tell them things. In all the
commotion at the pit, and in the time they had to think about it on the
way to the castle, the hearts of the four who were arrested had ceased
to be empty. They were all filled with thoughts of their beloved.
2. It seems that over the course of the past year
Hubba had fallen in love with Bubba. And Bubba had fallen in love with
her. And although it was still not completely clear where the flowers
came from they could see that their attraction and devotion had won out
over her suspicions and over his caution. They called out to each other
their mutual love from across the courtroom as Dum Dum just pounded his
3. It also turned out that Wawa had fallen in love
with Baba and Baba had fallen in love with him. Baba had a crisis of
conscience when she realized that it was her maps that were responsible
for his falling in the pit. And Wawa realized that anyone who was
willing to fight for him, like Baba, was worth more than all the money
in the treasury. They too confessed their love as Dum Dum continued to
pound his gavel.
Sitting atop the bench, adorned in his goat coat, Dum
Dum sat in judgment of everyone. Against many protests he sentenced them
all to spend the remainder of the year in separate dungeons. Shrieks of
disbelief went up in the courtroom. But none greater than those of Dee
Dee. Except no one heard her cries, for she kept them to herself. She
didn’t confess that she was the one taking the roses. She kept her
silence as the others were led away to the dungeons. She just felt the
emptiness of her heart as she pulled the goat coat tightly around her.
And as she stood up to leave the courtroom she stopped in front of the
bench and looked up at the king.
Two things ran through her mind. The first was that
she had him right where she wanted him. He had stood in judgment and now
she had won the deal between them. On top of that, no one knew that she
had defied him and taken the roses. Now, according to their agreement,
she could take the one thing of his that she considered most precious.
The second thought that ran through her mind was a
certainty. She now knew, without any doubt, that she was hopeless in
love with him. Despite his judgment. Despite his authority. Despite that
stupid gavel he kept pounding. She knew she loved him. But she couldn’t
quite get her heart to say so. Her sense of cunning was still too deep.
She just pulled the coat around her shoulders and looked up at the king
with a tear in her eye.
Seeing this, Dum Dum felt his heart sink. He did not
want to be a judge. He did not want to rule over people. Originally, he
felt that with the others out of the way, the treasure would be easy to
find. But he knew that even if he found it, he would give it to her. And
if she found it, all the better. But now, he didn’t even want this
stupid treasure anymore. He would trade it all, undo everything, if only
he could. Anything to take the sadness from his beloved’s heart. But
as he saw her pull the coat tightly around her and walk out of the room,
he did the same. And they both wished they had been walking out together
instead of alone.
*HYMN – # 348
"Guide My Feet
Guide my feet while I run this race (x3)
because I don’t want to run this race in
Stand by me…
Take my hand…
It was the day before the end of the year and no one
had found the treasure mentioned by the wizard. Each of the four who
were sentenced to the dungeon continued to wait, pining away for their
mate, hoping for clemency. Their hearts were no longer empty, but filled
with tremendous longing.
The same was so for both Dee Dee and Dum Dum. In the
last few months they realized they loved one another but they couldn’t
undo what had been done and risk the scorn of their beloved. They had
gone along for the last few months in the castle, hardly talking. Their
only solace, their only reassurance and warmth, came from wrapping their
goat coats around them.
On the night before the end of the year, they ate
dinner together. After a long silence Dee Dee spoke.
"It is the end of the year tomorrow. I don’t
believe I can stay here and marry you. You have cast judgment on my
family. And because of that I am entitled to take the one thing most
precious in your castle." Dum Dum could not deny this. Though his
heart was breaking he said that she could take anything she wanted. He
said that he wished only that he had found the treasure so that she
could have that. He then ordered his servants to help prepare and carry
whatever she wanted. With that, he finished his meal, and went to bed
with great sadness in his heart. But before he left the room he took off
his goat coat – for the first time in a year – and laid it across
the chair. "In case this is the precious gift that you wish to
take," he said. Then he went to bed and cried himself to sleep.
In the night Dee Dee ordered the servants as to what
to take and they carried it with her across the village to her old
house. The servants brought her treasure inside, set it down and left.
By the time they arrived and set down the treasure, it was almost light.
The sun was coming up and so she sat at the kitchen table and waited.
When Dum Dum woke up he was startled for a second. He
looked around, expecting to see the empty castle around him. But that
wasn’t what he saw. When he looked around he didn’t recognize
anything. He rose from his bed and turned around and there was Dee Dee.
She stood there without her coat, with the morning sun coming from
behind her. She was beautiful and radiant because her heart was full.
"What is happening here? Where am I?" Dum
Dum asked. "You are in my home," Dee Dee explained. "Why
am I here and how did I get here?" he asked.
"You said that I was allowed to bring whatever in
the castle was most precious to me. That is exactly what I took."
And with that the Wizard appeared in the room smiling
"I see you have found your treasure," he
exclaimed. I was worried that you would be stuck carrying the burdens of
your own worst enemy."
"I think we both discovered," said Dum Dum,
"that our own worst enemy were the defenses that we wore around our
heart." "Had we not summoned the courage to take off our
coats," Dee Dee added, "we probably would have carried those
burdens for years to come."
For the rest of the day there was much rejoicing. Dum
Dum released all the prisoners and gave up his castle and all the money
in his treasury that they may forgive him. Their hearts were softened by
the reunion with their true loves, forgiveness reigned and in the days
to come all three couples were married.
The King’s sister married Dee Dee’s father and as
they were inseparable, they were known as Hubba-Bubba. They went on to
become chewing gum magnets.
The activist and the treasurer married and started an
investigative reporting show called Baba Wawa reports.
And the King and Deborah were married, became
inseparable, and were known forevermore as Dum-Dee-Dum-Dee-Dum.
And the wizard? Finished in his work of helping hearts
to find that which is most precious, the wizard turned himself into a
goat and went on to the next village.
*HYMN – # 368 "Now
Let Us Sing"
GO IN PEACE
POSTLUDE – "’Tis a
Gift to Be Simple"
Rev. Greg Ward, Karen LoBracco and a cast of thousands