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Elmo has an Enemy – or Does He?

He laughs when tickled. He sings in multiple languages. He speaks in a falsetto voice and has illeism (I had to look this up. It means he often refers to himself in the third person.) He is a celebrity and has his own segment, Elmo’s World, on the TV show – Sesame Street. He’s only three and a half years old … and he hasn’t aged a day at all. His name? Elmo. How could this lovable ball of red fur have an enemy?

This supposed grudge spat goes back to 2004 – a 35 second clip from the episode “Elmo feels he’s treated unfairly by Rocco” – where Elmo got irritated with Zoe in an argument over an oatmeal raisin cookie. You see, Zoe made sure his imaginary friend, Rocco, got the last oatmeal raisin cookie. Not only is Rocco imaginary … he is a rock. Elmo seemed irked that the younger Zoe didn’t get that Rocco wasn’t alive. But Zoe wasn’t having any of it. Rocco is real (to Zoe at least.)

Recently, this video was released on YouTube and has had over 7 million views and over 8000 comments. It seemed this grudge match was coming back top life.

To clear all this up, Elmo, through his Twitter account (wow, Twitter lets a 3 year old have an account) … Elmo tweeted “Don’t worry everybody! Elmo and Zoe practiced sharing and are still best buds forever! Elmo loves you Zoe! Ha ha ha!”

Friends do not let little things get between them. Zoe is one of Elmo’s BFFs and a cookie is not going to stop that.

Maybe we need to learn this lesson. We let little things get to us. We get irritated when others don’t see our point of view. We want what we want and others feelings don’t care. And the lessons are …

  • People are more important than things
  • Don’t let small things come between friends
  • In the words of Queen Elsa, “Let it go!”

Elmo was not only the good friend, 20 years later he quickly went public to let everyone know Zoe was still his friend. 

Now the rest of the story …

Elmo went a bit too far. He tweeted, “Has anybody ever seen a rock eat a cookie? Elmo is just curious.”

Oops, the challenge was thrown out there.

Enter a new character into this drama. A real person. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Dwayne responds to Elmo’s tweet with his own tweet … “Yes, my friend. This Rock devours cookies. All kinds of cookies … Tell Cookie Monster to move over, cuz I’m coming to Sesame Street to kick (butt) and eat cookies. And I’m almost all out of cookies.”

2022 – Crazy! However, Cookie Monster answered The Rock on his own … “Me say cookie challenge ACCEPTED!!!”

From one cookie lover to another …. I’m glad Elmo and Zoe are cool, but I’m stoked to see where this goes. The twitterworld seems to be backing Cookie Monster. The Rock may have met his match. I’d do pay-per-view to watch this.

Worship — A Lesson That Is Disgusting

Children’s Message are my jam. I rock when hanging with my little peeps. And often, the big kids (aka adults ) get more out of that 5 minute message than they do out of my regular sermon. This Sunday was no different.

A messed up cookie cup

They gathered and I showed them up front what their snack was going to be … one of those cups of cookies. They could choose … Oreos, Chip Ahoys, or Keebler’s Fudge Stripes. Me, Fudge Stripes. I love the way elves make cookies.

But, there was a twist. I used one of the cups for the lesson. I opened it up and began the total devastation of a good product. I apologize to all elves everywhere. I adorned my latex gloves and began.

I mixed up the cookies with some pretty stanky stuff . I started with a rotten banana … smushed a tad in there, even a bit of the dark, smooshy peel. I added a bit of picante sauce … for flavor and aroma. Then, I cracked a raw egg and put it in the cup, including the shell. Stirred it well. Wait, one more item. I grabbed a Kleenex and blew my nose. Yep, I boogered the bits. You may think all this is funny – but it’s snot. (LOL … they loved this Dad joke)

After a great joy of yucks, uughs, nasty … I taught them the word “disgusting”. I put the lid back on and started the point I wanted to make. The cup looked normal, but the inside was disgusting. Jesus had some tough words for people who only made the outside of the cup clean and didn’t clean the inside.

Jesus knows our hearts , and our hearts are messy. Yes, cleaning the outside is important … living for Him, dong the right things, helping each other, etc. But it is important to clean inside too … and He will help us. He cleans our hearts. He cleans us form the inside out!

After a bit more explaining, I think most of them got it. Others just wanted their cookies (but they wanted cookies that hadn’t been opened … a bit wary of what I was giving them I guess). It all went with the beatitude of the day …

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

How’s your heart? Disgusting? He is the cure and the cleaner. He has a full time job cleaning mine.

An Additional Lesson

This was told me after the service. One girl snitched and said a young boy took two cookie cups. When she told him he shouldn’t (why is it girls are better at rules than boys?), he looked at her and said Jesus needs to work twice as hard on his inside out. So, he was taking two.

If that’s how it’s done, I probably need a family size bag.