said the Creator doesn't have a sense of humor? Dwight Nelson recently
told a true story about the pastor of his church. He had a kitten
that climbed up a tree in his backyard and then was afraid to come
down. The pastor coaxed, offered warm milk, etc.
The kitty would not come down. The tree was not sturdy
enough to climb, so the pastor decided that if he tied a rope to
his car and drove away so that the tree bend down, he could then
reach up and get the kitten
That's what he did, all the while checking his progress
in the car. He then figured if he went just a little bit further,
the tree would be bent sufficiently for him to reach the kitten.
But as he moved the car a little further forward, the rope broke.
The tree went "boing!" and the kitten instantly
sailed through the air out of sight. The pastor felt terrible. He
walked all over the neighbourhood asking people if they'd seen a
little kitten. No. Nobody had seen a stray kitten. So he prayed,
"Lord, I just commit this kitten to your keeping," and
went on about his business.
A few days later he was at the grocery store, and
met one of his church members. He happened to look into her shopping
cart and was amazed to see cat food. This woman was a cat hater
and everyone knew it, so he asked her, "Why are you buying
cat food when you hate cats so much?"
She replied, "You won't believe this," and
then she told him how her little girl had been begging her for a
cat, but she kept refusing. Then a few days before, the child had
begged again, so the Mom finally told her little girl, "Well,
if God gives you a cat, I'll let you keep it."
She told the pastor," I watched my child go out
in the yard, get on her knees, and ask God for a cat. And really,
Pastor, you won't believe this, but I saw it with my own eyes. A
kitten came flying out of the blue sky, with its paws outspread,
and landed right in front of her."
Never underestimate the Power of God and His unique
sense of humor.
Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah's Ark.
- Don't miss the boat.
- Remember that we are all in the same boat.
- Plan ahead. I wasn't raining when Noah built the
- Stay fit. When you're 60 years old, someone may
ask you to do something really big.
- Don't listen to critics; just get on with the job
that needs to be done.
- Build your future on high ground.
- For safety's sake, travel in pairs.
- Speed isn't always an advantage. The snails were
on board with the cheetahs.
- When you're stressed, float awhile.
- Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic
- No matter the storm, when you are with God there's
always a rainbow waiting.
driving in Pennsylvania, a family caught up to an Amish carriage.
The owner of the carriage obviously had a sense of humor, because
attached to the back of the carriage was a hand printed sign;
"Energy efficient vehicle": Runs on oats
and grass. Caution: Do not step in exhaust."
Do You Go
A friend was in front of me coming out of church one
day, and the preacher was standing at the door as he always is to
shake hands. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside.
The Pastor said to him, "You need to join the
Army of the Lord!"
My friend replied, "I'm already in the Army of
the Lord, Pastor."
Pastor questioned, "How come I don't see you
except at Christmas and Easter?"
He whispered back, "I'm in the secret service."
man is stumbling through the woods, totally drunk, when he comes
upon a preacher baptizing people in the river. He proceeds to walk
into the water and subsequently bumps into the preacher. The preacher
turns around and is almost overcome by the smell of alcohol, whereupon
he asks the drunk, "Are you ready to find Jesus?"
The drunk answers, "Yes I am."
So the preacher grabs him and dunks him in the water.
He pulls him up and asks the drunk, "Brother have you found
The drunk replies, "No, I haven't found Jesus."
The preacher shocked at the answer, dunks him into
the water again for a little longer. He pulls him out of the water
and asks again, "Have you found Jesus my brother?"
"No I haven't found Jesus." By this time
the preacher is at his wits end and dunks the drunk in the water
again --- but this time holds him down for about 30 seconds and
when he begins kicking his arms and legs he pulls him up.
The preacher again asks the drunk, "For the love
of God, have you found Jesus?"
The drunk wipes his eyes and catches his breath and
says to the preacher "Are you sure this is where he fell in?"
brothers left home for college, and they became successful doctors
and lawyers and prospered. Some years later, they chatted after
having dinner together. They discussed the gifts that they were
able to give to their elderly mother who lived far away in another
The first said, "I had a big house built for
The second said, "I had a hundred thousand dollars
theater built in the house."
The third said, "I had a Mercedes dealer deliver
her an SL 600."
The fourth said, "Listen to this. You know how
Mama loved reading the Bible and you know she can't read it anymore
because she can't see very well. I met this priest who told me about
a parrot that can recite the entire Bible. It took twenty priests
twelve years to teach him. I had to pledge to contribute $100,000
a year for twenty years to the church, but it was worth it. Mama
just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot will recite
The other brothers were impressed. After the holidays
Mom sent out her Thank You notes. She wrote:
"Milton, the house you built is so huge. I live
in only one room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway."
"Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home,
I have my groceries delivered, so I never use the Mercedes. The
thought was good though, thanks."
"Michael, you gave me an expensive theater with
Dolby sound, it could hold 50 people, but all my friends are dead,
I've lost my hearing and I'm nearly blind. I'll never use it. Thank
you for the gesture just the same."
"Dearest Melvin, you were the only son to have
the good sense to give a little thought on your gift. The chicken
to Help the People
A big, burly man visited the pastor's home and asked
to see the minister's wife, a woman well known for her charitable
"Madam," he said in a broken voice, "I
wish to draw your attention to the terible plight of a poor family
in this district. The father is dead, themother is too ill to work,
and the nine children are starving. They are about to be turned
into the cold, empty streets unless somone pays their rent which
amouts to $400"
"How terrible!" exclaimed the preacher's
wife. "May I ask who you are?"
The smypathetic visitor applied his handkerchief to
his eyes. "I'm the landlord," he sobbed.
The boss of a big company needed to call one of his
employees about an urgent problem with one of the main computers,
dialed the employee's home phone number and was greeted with a child's
"Is your daddy home?" he asked.
"Yes," whispered the small voice.
"May I talk with him?"
The child whispered, "No."
Surprised, and wanting to talk with an adult, the
boss asked, "Is your mommy there?"
"May I talk with her?"
Again the small voice whispered, "No."
Hoping there was somebody with whom he could leave
a message, the boss asked, "Is anybody else there?"
"Yes," whispered the child, "a policeman."
Wondering what a cop would be doing at his employee's
home, the boss asked, "May I speak with the policeman?"
"No he's busy," whispered the child.
"Busy doing what?"
"Talking to daddy and mommy and the fireman,"
came the whispered answer.
Growing concerned and even worried as he heard what
sounded like a helicopter through the earpiece on the phone the
boss asked, "What is that noise?"
"A hello-copper" answered the whispering
"What is going on there?" asked the boss,
now truly alarmed.
In an awed whispering voice the child answered, "The
search team just landed the hello-copper."
Alarmed, concerned and even more than just a little
frustrated the boss asked, "What are they searching for?"
Still whispering, the young voice replied along with
a muffled giggle: "Me."
the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the
way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked three times
what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, "That preacher said
he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay
with you guys."
Let Me Be Late
little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, was running as fast as she
could, trying not to be late for Bible class. As she ran she prayed,
"Dear Lord, please don't let me be late! Dear Lord, please don't
let me be late!" While she was running and praying, she tripped
on a curb and fell, getting her clothes dirty and tearing her dress.
She got up, brushed herself off , and started running again. As she
ran she once again began to pray, "Dear Lord, please don't let
me be late... but please don't shove me either!"
Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl
whispered to her mother, "Why is the brid dressed in white?"
"Because white is the colour of happiness, and
today is the happiest day of her life."
The child thought about this for a moment, then asked,
"So why is the groom wearing black?"
A Few Words
Three boys are in the school yard bragging about their
fathers. The first boy says, "My Dad scribbles a few words
on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem, they give him $50.00."
The second boy says, "That's nothing. My Dad
scribbles a few words on a peice of paper, he calls it a song, they
give him $100.00"
The third boy says, "I got you both beat. My
Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a sermon,
and it takes eight people to collect all the money!"
A little nine year old girl was in church with her
mother when she started feeling ill. "Mommy" she said
"Can we leave now?"
"No," her mother replied.
"Well, I think I have to throw up!"
"Then go out the front door and around to the
back of the church and throw up behind a bush."
In about two minutes the little girl returns to her
"Did you throw up?" the mother asked.
"Yes," the little girl replied.
"Well, how could you have gone all the way to
the back of the church and return so quickly?"
"I didn't have to go out of the church, Mommy."
the little girl replied, "They have a box next to the front
door that says 'for the sick'."
Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments. They were read
to discuss the last one. The teacher asked if anyone could tell her
what it was. Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted, "Thou
shall not take covers off the neighbour's wife."
I had been teaching my three-year old daughter, Caitlin,
the Lord's Prayer for several evenings at bedtime, she would repeat
after me the lines of the prayer. Finally, she decided to go solo
I listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word right
up to the end of the prayer:
"Lead us not into temptation," she prayed,
"but deliver us some e-mail."