I hope the day is off to a good start. Today's story is a funny story about a short man who wanted to see Jesus but had to climb a tree to do it. At a deeper level it is about how things like wealth or career can get in the way of our relationship with God, but how God always tries to calls us back. As Jesus puts it, his ministry on earth was to seek and save the lost. That ministry of seeking out those who are separated is still the church's mission today. How can we do a better job opening ourselves to those who feel separated from God and from the church? If you feel separated, what can the church or I do to make you feel welcome?