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The article below was written by Dr. Gary Eller for The World Herald, From the Pulpit
January 28, 2017
“Last Stop for the
Where were you when you first heard that the Greatest Show on Earth, the
Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus, is closing? For nearly 150 years the big top show has
entertained and thrilled audiences around the world. Now, for both financial and policy reasons, the
circus is ending with a final set of performances in Tampa, Florida.
Reactions to the demise of “America’s living treasure,” as it is
sometimes called, have been mixed. Some are celebrating what they view as the mistreatment of the
animals who were always a big part of the show; especially, the elephants. Others are genuinely sad,
like they just got word of the death of an old family friend. A few are trying last efforts to buy the
circus and keep it going.
If the circus was an almost magical part of your childhood, then your
emotional reaction to its passing strikes home in many ways. You may not have actually attended the
circus in years. That’s not the point. The circus is like a favorite toy from your early life that you
packed away in a box somewhere. You feel comforted just knowing that you could go get it, even if you
don’t. Now you can’t.
Losses are an inevitable part of adult life. Judith Viorst called them
“necessary losses” while reminding us that we can grow through them. That’s an important word of hope
to keep in mind as our familiar world becomes the past.
The wisdom of Ecclesiastes echoes here: to everything there is a
Dr. Gary S. Eller
Westminster Presbyterian Church
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