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He Knows Your Name (3 of 8)
Series: Seven Wonders
I wonder if any one noticed him. You don't see a grown man climbing a tree every day! You expect kids to climb trees. But there he was, in his good clothes, trying to scramble up the side of a tree. Not very dignified, to say the least.
Zacchaeus probably didn't have much to worry about. Nobody ever noticed him. He was one of life's invisible people. That's the way it had always seemed. It's not easy being short. Zacchaeus knew that all too well.
I wonder if when he was a kid he always had to stand on a chair just to reach the tabletop. When he went to synagogue school, did the rabbi have to hold the Torah scroll open for him to read? Were his arms too short to unroll it far enough? When he marched in the processions with the other kids on holy days, did all he see was somebody else's back?
Zacchaeus had probably heard all the short jokes. "Hey," the kids would say, "Zacchaeus ought to be a rabbi. At least his sermons would be short!" Or "Hey, Zacchaeus, I hear short people don't live long." Or "I feel sorry for short people. When it rains, they're the last to know."
Zacchaeus probably didn't laugh, at least not on the inside. He wouldn't have laughed at the old Randy Newman song either. Some of you remember it. It topped the charts for a "short" time in the late 70's. Teenagers, you can remind your parents of this one when they try tell you how much better their music was than yours! "Well, I don't want no Short People, `Round here; Short People got nobody; Short People got nobody To love; They got little baby legs That stand so low You got to pick 'em up Just to say hello; They got little cars That go beep, beep, beep; They got little voices Goin' peep, peep, peep."
He wouldn't have laughed at the Sunday School song we teach our children. "Zacchaeus was a wee little man, A wee little man was he, He climbed up in a sycamore tree, For the ...
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