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Dear readers, it is time to share a laugh again. Believers have a lot to laugh about through serious moments in life and God gave us the gift of laughter. He created us in His image, and God has a sense of humor. He tells us that laughter is good for our health and is balm to the soul, so, I have borrowed a few permissible quotes that we can share with the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit (who are One) with a chuckle, chortle, snort, giggle, howl, whoop, holler and knee slap while remembering that the devil is under our feet, the church is going to grow, and God is glorified, so fight the fight of faith and release it through your laughter!
A country preacher decided to skip services one Sunday to spend the day hiking in the wilderness. Rounding a sharp bend in the trail, he collided with a bear and was sent tumbling down a steep grade. He landed on a rock and broke both legs.
With the ferocious bear charging at him from a distance, the preacher prayed, “O Lord, I’m so sorry for skipping services today. Please forgive me and grant me just one wish—make a Christian out of that bear that’s coming at me!”
At that very instant, the bear skidded to a halt, fell to his knees, clasped his paws together, and began to pray aloud at the preacher’s feet: “Dear God, please bless this food I am about to receive.”
A new pastor was visiting in the homes of his parishioners. At one house it seemed obvious that someone was at home, but no answer came to his repeated knocks at the door.
Therefore, he took out a business card and wrote ‘Revelation 3:20′ on the back of it and stuck it in the door.
When the offering was processed the following Sunday, he found that his card had been returned. Added to it was this cryptic message, ‘Genesis 3:10.’
Reaching for his Bible to check out the citation, he broke up in gales of laughter. Revelation 3:20 begins ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock.’ Genesis 3:10 reads, ‘I heard your voice in the garden and I was afraid for I was naked.’
Father O’Malley answers the phone. “Hello, is this Father O’Malley?”
“This is the IRS. Can you help us?”
“Do you know a Ted Houlihan?”
“Is he a member of your congregation?”
“Did he donate $10,000 to the church?”
-The new salesman had just completed his training and was anxious to put his skills to work. He took his Hoover vacuum cleaner to the front door of a house and rang the bell. A rather unpleasant woman answered. Before she could say anything he threw a pile of cow patties in the door behind her onto the rug. “Lady,” he said, “If this vacuum cleaner doesn’t clean up all those cow patties, I’ll eat them myself.”
“I’ll get you a spoon,” scowled the lady. “Our electricity hasn’t been turned on, yet.”
-My five year old son squealed with delight when he opened his birthday present from his grandmother. It was a water pistol. He promptly ran to the sink to fill it.
“Mom,” I said. “I’m surprised at you. Don’t you remember how we used to drive you crazy with water pistols?”
My mom smiled and said, “Yes, I remember.”
Children’s Books that didn’t quite make it: • You Are Different and That’s Bad
• The Boy Who Died From Eating All His Vegetables • Fun Four-Letter Words to Know and Share • The Kid’s Guide to Hitchhiking • Curious George and the High-Voltage Fence • The Little Sissy Who Snitched • Some Kittens Can Fly • The Pop-Up Book of Human Anatomy • Strangers Have the Best Candy • Whining, Kicking, and Crying to Get Your Way • You Were an Accident • Things Rich Kids Have, But You Never Will
• Pop Goes the Gerbil and Other Great Microwave Games • The Man in the Moon is Actually Satan • Your Nightmares Are Real • Eggs, Toilet Paper, and Your School
• Why Can’t Mr. Fork and Mrs. Electrical Outlet Be Friends? • Places Where Mommy and Daddy Hide Neat Things
As I wipe the laughing tears from my eyes I remember that God is good, all the time, and I am thankful for this gift of laughter. The thing I laugh the most at though, is myself, which helps to keep life in perspective.
Until next time, God bless you and your loved ones.