Lillian Weber, a 99-year-old good Samaritan from Iowa, has spent the last few years sewing a dress a day for the Little Dresses For Africa charity, a Christian organization that distributes dresses to children in need in Africa and elsewhere.
Weber’s goal is to make 1,000 dresses by the time she turns 100 on May 6th. So far, she’s made more than 840. Though she says she could make two a day, she only makes one – but each single dress she makes per day is personalized with careful stitchwork. She hopes that each little girl who receives her dress can take pride in her new garment.
Jesus Christ. If God is a frowning green puppet we are surely fucked. I don’t remember Jim Henson being mentioned in the Bible. I’ll double check, though. Is everyone religious just determined to make us all miserable?
I mean, seriously, is this what theology has come to? A pop culture reference to a Muppet who isn’t even on Sesame Street anymore.
Shit, even Elmo knows how to move on. The black gay guy who was his voice got busted having an affair with a young’n. And yet, there’s Elmo still, taking up way more than his fair share of screen time. Elmo the Musical? As if that’s not gay?
Anyway, the Bible is full of rough dudes following their desires. Some serious superegos at work. Killing, raping, stealing. All in the name of God. Piling up the dead bodies and letting Jehovah sort em out. The Bible is like a Johnny Cash murder ballad or a Sam Peckinpah movie. The New T. isn’t comfort either. Jesus was full of angst. He was James Dean in sandals and a bathrobe. The Dude is more laid back.
God is the Sun. Or a toddler with curly hair running toward you with a balloon. Or the Beatles’ White Album. He is not a bearded white king sitting on a throne judging us. He is a glass of red wine, southern California pools, and the dark green grass at the ball game. God is poetry.
Take some deep breaths and listen to some bossa nova. I even have some recommendations on Charlie Jobim or the Gilbertos.
God is what you make of it. Not some court room in the clouds.