A Children’s Sermon on Caring for the Earth
Some of you have perhaps heard of a very important city known as Squiggly-Wiggly-Ville. What you might not know is that there was a time when the citizens of Squiggly-Wiggly-Ville had a very poor reputation. People said that they were dirty; that the only time they ever took a shower was when it rained and they went outside. People thought they were disgusting, and that they would eat garbage.
The stories about them got so bad that the citizens of Squiggly-Wiggly-Ville decided it was time to do something. They were tired of being laughed at and looked down on. They were proud of whom they were and the important work they did and they wanted others to know.
And so they started an advertising campaign to try and let people know who they really were. They put up signs and billboards everywhere; they put ads on the internet and in newspapers. The signs said things like, “We’re not just dirty, we’re necessary” or “Don’t look at us with disgust, or soon you’ll bite the dust.”
Well, at first people didn’t know what to make of these signs – they didn’t quite understand them. And so they went home and Googled “Squiggly-Wiggly-Ville.” And they began to read all about the citizens there, and the work they did. And they realized that not only were the citizens of Squiggly-Wiggly-Ville valuable and necessary, they were also excellent role models for the rest of us in how we should care for others and for the earth.
Did you all know that each one of you has met a citizen of Squiggly-Wiggly-Ville? You have seen them when they are all dirty, and you have probably seen them when they come outside to take a shower in the rain. Who are they? Can you guess? The outstanding citizens of Squiggly-Wiggly-Ville are worms!
Worms might look dirty and disgusting, but we all depend upon them. Worms do things like eat dead leaves and turn them into nutrients for the soil. They also make sure the soil gets the air and water that it needs. If worms didn’t take care of the soil, there would be no plants, and if there were no plants, there would be no animals, and if there were no animals, there would be no “us.”
We all depend upon worms. Worms really are great and necessary. And they are outstanding citizens of planet earth. They care for the earth, and in that way, they care for us. In that way, each one of us should try to be more like worms. Are all of you ready to go out and act like worms?
~ adapted from a Children’s Sermon posted on the First Congregational United Church of Christ (Vancouver, WA) website.