Sunday, July 22, 2007

Laughing at ourselves

One of the wonderful gifts God has given us human beings is the ability to laugh. God has even given us the ability to laugh at ourselves.
I remember a camping trip on the way to Cedar Point. We had a small pop up trailer in which we slept three kids, my mother, Betty and I. We began to get on each other’s nerves and soon Betty and I were hardly speaking and we were snapping at the kids. Just as we thought it couldn’t get any worse the tire on the trailer went flat. But there was a spare so in total gloom I jacked it up, took off the tire and put on the spare. Lowered it back down to discover the spare was flat. That’s when the magic happened. I started to laugh, then Betty laughed, and soon we were all laughing. The ark clouds were pushed away. God’s gift had set us free.
Peter and I drove to the nearest garage they had one trailer tire and only one. It was the right one. It was as if God was saying I had this here for you.
Later Betty and I came across this picture of a boy with a bowl of spaghetti on his head. He was a total mess. Under the picture was the caption “ This is the Day the Lord has made let us be glad and rejoice in it”. From that time on all we had to do to change the way we looked at a bad day was to announce that it was a spaghetti day.
The ability to laugh is such a great gift.

@@@@ News from Pigeon Falls– the little town in my garage where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life goes on– Last Lutheran had a supply Pastor this morning. It was Edgar H. Peterson retired. There still has been no word from Pastor Castle as to the acceptance or rejection of the call. Pastor Peterson was ok but he didn’t use the same form of the liturgy as Pastor Moe and the congregation got lost several times. More than that he had them sit during the singing of the main hymn and everybody knows you are supposed to stand. He did put a few jokes in his sermon and that everybody, except old Martha Maki, really liked.
Nancy and Tommy TW were in church. They are worried that if Last Lutheran doesn’t get a Pastor soon they might have to postpone their wedding. Pastor Moe, had told them that the wedding is on the church calendar and if Pastor Castle turns down the call whatever local Pastor is looking after Last Lutheran will have a Pastor here for the Wedding. But Pastor Moe is gone and now there is nobody to clear things with. So Nancy frets.
There is a new Pastor at the little Baptist Church in Pigeon Falls. Pastor Augustus Turtle. He just arrived when he announced that in keeping with the Bible women will have no leadership positions in this church. Pastor Augustus is very strong on this point. His musical group can’t be lead by a lady. There can be no women on the council. One has to wonder how well he will work with the Lutherans if Pastor Castle comes. They both serve the same Christ.
Will Pastor Castle accept the call. Can Pastor Castle work with Pastor Turtle? Will Pastor Turtle pull his head in and ignore the Lutherans ? Will Nancy and Tommy TW ever get married? And of course is Tommy UK really the undertaker’s son?

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Blogger Janvangogh said...

Nancy & Tommy TW just need to elope.

5:28 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Thankyou for sharing the story today, yes laughter is the best medicine, the Readers Digest tells us so. It is amazing when one laughs how much better they feel. If only more folks could laugh more often.

I am grateful that God has given us the ability to laugh at ourselves. If only more folks could laugh more often.

A Blessed Sunday is wished for you and Betty

8:01 AM  
Blogger patterns of ink said...

I needed this today, John. We're going camping this week. Hey, in fact, my family went camping in a pop up at Cedar Point back in 1978. My now-wife, Julie, was with us. It was quite a treat to stay late at that wonderful amusement park and walk to the campground late at night (rather than drive the long road home).
You may get a kick out of 2 postw in my June 2006 archives. "Past tents" and "Pitching the Tent."

9:22 PM  
Blogger Alpha Dude 1.5 said...

Very good.

As a fellow once said, "If you can't laugh at other people, who can you laugh at?"

9:43 PM  

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