Today's Theme:HOLY HUMOR
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Published 11-05-10
Originally published 01-16-09

On Today's Theme:


I happen to think that God has a great sense of humor.
In fact, I suspect we all crack Him up when we don't
make Him weep. (Kind of like teenagers do to parents.)

- Lisa Bowman


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Three dudes were walking along the street one morning
and met an aged, decrepit minister, with long white hair
and beard. Desiring to poke fun at the old man, the first
called out, "Hello, Father Abraham." The second said,
"Hello, Father Jacob." The minister, seeing the situation,
and likewise using Scripture, quietly replied, "I am
neither Abraham, nor Isaac, nor Jacob, but Saul,
the son of Kish, who went forth to hunt his
father's asses; and behold, I have found them."


From "Heart Throbs: The Old Scrapbook"
Chapple Publishing Company, 1905


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In the beginning there was nothing.
God said, "Let there be light!" And there was light.
There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better.


Ellen DeGeneres
American comedienne


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Note from Lisa - This next story is from the turn of
  the last century. You'll understand the significance
when you see the amount of money in question!

An artist who was employed to renovate and retouch the great
oil paintings in an old church in Belgium, rendered a bill of $67.30
for his services. The church wardens, however, required an itemized
bill, and the following was duly presented, audited and paid:

- For correcting the Ten Commandments...................................$5.12
- Renewing Heaven and adjusting stars.......................................$7.14
- Touching up Purgatory & restoring lost souls..........................$3.06
- Brightening up the flames of Hell, putting new tail on the Devil, and
doing odd jobs for the damned.................................................$7.17
- Putting new stone in David's sling, enlarging head of Goliath....$6.13
- Mending shirt of Prodigal Son and cleaning his ear....................$3.39
- Embellishing Pontius Pilate & putting new ribbon on his bonnet..$3.02
- For putting new tail and comb on St. Peter's rooster................$2.20
- Re-pluming and re-gilding left wing of the Guardian Angel.........$5.18
- Washing the servant of the High Priest...................................$5.02
- Taking the spots off the son of Tobias...................................$10.30
- Putting earrings in Sarah's ears.............................................$5.26
- Decorating Noah's ark & new head on Shem..........................$4.31

Total: $67.30


From "Heart Throbs," 1905



...and now, The Last Word:

Good-humor is a philosophic state of mind;
it seems to say to Nature that we take her
no more seriously than she takes us.


Ernest Renan (1823-1892)
French philosopher and writer

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

 








 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







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On today's
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Dan Piraro;
Story of the old
minister;
Ellen DeGeneres;
Story of the
artist's bill;
Ernest Renan


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