Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
This week I did some reading about this nursery rhyme and learned about some of the theories behind its origins. Here are some of the more interesting theories as put forth by Wikipedia:
- The Oxford English Dictionary refers to ‘humpty dumpty’ as brandy boiled with ale in the 17th century.
- 18th century slang for a short clumsy person.
- That Humpty Dumpty refers to King Richard III, who Shakespeare describes as having a hunchback.
The Oxford Dictionary provides the following as one possible definition: A person or thing that once overthrown cannot be restored.
No matter the origins of the phrase it remains popular in children’s nursery rhyme books. In children’s books today Humpty Dumpty is described as an egg.
What you are probably wondering at this point is what Humpty Dumpty has to do with scripture. Specifically, the first Sunday after Christmas. This week Mary and Joseph take Jesus to the temple as prescribed by Jewish Law. They are met by Simeon and Anna, two faithful individuals who have been waiting to see the Messiah.
Text: Luke 2: 22-40
Questions to Consider:
- What does it mean to fall?
- Who helps us when we fall?
- Can we be put back together again?
Still not sure what Humpty Dumpty has to do with anything? Join us on Sunday for worship at 10:30am.
Prayer for Sunday:
Heavenly Father, in these first days after the birth of your son we give you thanks. You have given us the greatest gift and we rejoice that you love us so dearly. We praise your name and seek to live in your holy way. Give us ears to listen, eyes to see and hearts that love. In Jesus name. Amen.