"Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages!"
The circus dates back over 4,000 years ago to Egypt,
…to ancient Rome and the Circus Maximus,
where chariot races were held in the
"circus" (Latin for "oval" or "circle"), and
…England's Philip Astley, who is credited
with developing the modern circus in 1777,
held in a circular arena that was referred to
as the "ring", and
…is now understood to be a traveling show
that features feats of physical skill,
…wild animal acts (and some
not so wild),
…red and gold tableau wagons,
…a steam calliope (voiced as of
a host of angels),
…spirited music of the band, and
All lend themselves well as
metaphors of Christianity.
The ring itself: metaphor of the world which God created (cf Genesis 1) and
…for which "he gave his only begotten Son" (cf John 3:16),
…and the place where Jesus spent most of his time ministering,
"Galilee," (its root in Hebrew meaning "ring" or "circle") to the
"oohs" and "aahs" of the people there (cf Matthew 4:23-25).
The calliope. That steam sustained, harsh-sounding musical instrument whose name
literally means "beautifully voiced," as of angels heralding a birth (cf Luke
The music of the Circus Spectacular page being played in the background of an
…audiences "oohs" and "aahs,"
…laughs and giggles
…and the "toots" of a clown troops horns, is the usual circus melody of
…"Thunder and Blazes" better
…"Entrance of the Gladiators"
reminding us of the early days of
…gladiators in the
The ringmaster who whistles and invites "ladies and gentlemen,
…and children of all ages" (cf Matthew 18:3)
…to come and directs all
…to see (cf John 1:46) the "greatest show
on earth" in 3
us of the Trinity:
…God the Son
…God the Holy
Lessons in three rings:
…of trapeze artists and tight rope walkers
"letting go and trusting God" (cf Soren
…of the clowns, "fools for Christ's sake"
which the apostle Paul calls us who
follow (cf I Corinthians 4:10; Floyd
Shaffer): vulnerable lovers,
…symbols of hope and joy,
…the glue that holds the circus
together, especially when
something goes wrong,
…nonconformists and servants,
…those "clods," and
…"lumps of clay" (which
the Anglo-Saxon word
"clown" means) which
we all are and see in the
All of this and more under "the big top" of God's grace. Let the show begin.
"Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages."
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