Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

A Time To Laugh

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

In the book of Ecclesiastes the writer tells us that there is ‘a time to laugh’ (3:4) and in the book of Proverbs we’re told that ‘A cheerful heart is good medicine…’ (17:22).

Well here are some things that have made me smile recently:

The children were lined up in the cafeteria of a Catholic elementary school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. The nun made a note, and posted on the apple tray: 'Take only ONE. God is watching.' Moving further along the lunch line, at the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. Next, to it, in a child's handwriting, was a sign: “Take all you want. God is watching the apples.”

Billy Graham tells of a time early in his ministry when he arrived in a small town to preach a sermon. Wanting to mail a letter, he asked a young boy where the post office was. When the boy had told him, Dr. Graham thanked him and said, "If you'll come to the Baptist Church this evening, you can hear me telling everyone how to get to heaven." The boy replied, "I don't think I'll be there... You don't even know your way to the post office."

A vicar was talking to one of his parishioners. He said "When you get to my age you spend a lot more time thinking about the hereafter." "Why do you say that", enquires the parishioner. The vicar replies, "Well, I often find myself going into a room and thinking what did I come in here after."

After a very long and boring sermon the parishioners filed out of the church saying nothing to the preacher. Towards the end of the line was a thoughtful person who always commented on the sermons. "Pastor, today your sermon reminded me of the peace and love of God!" The pastor was thrilled. "No-one has ever said anything like that about my preaching before. Tell me why." "Well - it reminded me of the Peace of God because it passed all understanding and the Love of God because it endured forever!"

A little boy, who wanted £100.00 very badly, prayed for two weeks but nothing happened. Then he decided to write GOD a letter requesting £100.00. When the postal authorities received the letter to GOD, UK, they decided to send it to the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister was so impressed, touched, and amused that he instructed his secretary to send the boy £5.00. The Prime Minister thought that this would appear to be a lot of money to the little boy. The little boy was delighted with the £5.00 and immediately sat down to write a thank you note to GOD that read: "Dear God, Thank you very much for sending me the money. However, I noticed that for some reason you had to send it through Downing Street and, as usual, those devil's deducted £95.00.

A Sunday School teacher decided to have her 2nd grade class memorize Psalm 23, one of the most quoted passages in the Bible. She gave the children a month to learn the chapter. One little boy was excited about the task, but he just couldn't memorize the Psalm. Although he practiced and practiced, he could hardly get past the first line. The day came for the children to recite Psalm 23 before the congregation. The little boy was nervous. When his turn came, he stepped up to the microphone and proudly said, "The Lord is my Shepherd and that's all I need to know!"

The Baptist preacher just finished his sermon for the day and proceeded toward the back of the church for his usual greetings and handshaking as the congregation left the church. After shaking a few adult hands he came upon the seven year old son of one of the Deacons of the church. "Good morning, Jonathan," the preacher said as he reached out to shake Jonathan's hand. As he was doing do he felt something in the palm of Jonathan's hand. "What's this?" the preacher asked. "Money," said Jonathan with a big smile on his face, "It's for you!" "I don't want to take your money, Jonathan," the preacher answered. "I want you to have it," said Jonathan. After a short pause Jonathan continued, "My daddy says you're the poorest preacher we ever had and I want to help you."

A pastor was leaving his area and was saying farewell to his congregation at the Church doors for the last time. He shook the hand of an elderly lady as she walked out. She said "Your successor won't be as good as you." "Nonsense", said the pastor, in a flattered tone. "No, really", said the old lady, "I've been here under five different ministers, and each new one has been worse than the last."

Church Bulletin Board Bloopers

Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
Don't let worry kill you. Let the Church help.
The choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to join the choir.
Thursday night will be a potluck supper. Prayer and medication to follow.

Have a good week smiling

Pastor Barry

19th July 2009

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