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April is holy humor month

April 9, 2015
By Joyce Schenk , Westfield Republican

For some reason, we don't often think of God laughing out loud. But I've been aware for a long time that He has a great sense of humor. I rediscover that fact every morning as I look into the bathroom mirror.

But even without my personal proof, I can't help thinking that God had many reasons to smile when he put this world together. How could he not grin when he set a butterfly to swooping through the Garden of Eden or a humming bird hovering in mid-air?

And, he must have laughed out loud when he made the armadillo and the platypus.

I sometimes think we Christians become too serious about our faith and need to lighten up a bit. So this week, I've gone in search of some holy humor to share on our Moseyin' Along journey.

We can start in the Garden of Eden where the following conversation took place between God and Adam.

It seems Adam was watching as God made the animals and noticed they each had a mate. So Adam asked God to make a mate for him.

God agreed. He said, "l'll make you a creature who will be the most beautiful thing you've ever seen. She will always agree with you, will bring you coffee every morning, prepare your meals and bless you in many other ways."

Being skeptical, Adam asked, "How much will this cost me?"

God replied, "An arm and a leg."

Adam asked, "What can I get for a rib?"

Unlike Adam, not everyone believes in God. One day an atheist was spending a quiet afternoon fishing when suddenly the Loch Ness Monster attacked his boat. In one easy flip, the beast tossed him and the boat high in the air. Then it opened its huge mouth to swallow both.

As the man sailed head over heels, he cried out, "Oh, my God! Help me!"

At once, the attack scene froze in place. As the atheist hung in mid air, a booming voice came down from the clouds. "I thought you didn't believe in Me."

"Come on God, give me a break," the man said, "two minutes ago I didn't believe in the Loch Ness Monster either."

And, to show just how far holy humor can spread, a preacher was visiting Washington, DC and stopped at a barbershop for a haircut. When he was finished, he asked the barber how much he owed. "No charge, preacher," the barber said, "I consider it a service to the Lord."

The next day, there were twelve New Testaments and a thank you note from the pastor at the barber's door.

A few days later, a police officer stopped for a haircut. When he asked what he owed, the barber said, "No charge. I consider it a service to the community."

The next day, there were a dozen donuts and a thank you note from the officer at the door.

A week later, a Senator stropped in for a haircut. When he asked the barber what he owed, the barber said, "No charge, Senator. I consider it a service to my country."

The next day, there were a dozen Senators waiting at the barber's door.

If you still don't believe God has a sense of humor, remember to take a look in your bathroom mirror tomorrow morning.



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