It’s always fun to be with and to talk to the children in our community and of the church. Many of them should be credited for being quite wise. A couple months ago I was talking with some children in Kid’s Club. We were talking about smiles and I asked the group with whom I was chatting a question. I asked “What makes God smile?” Some of the older children had good suggestions. They included being obedient to the 10 commandments. Another one mentioned coming to Kid’s Club or Sunday School. And as I was complimenting those two on their great answers, another child raised his hand. Bouncing up and down, he exclaimed, “I know something better!” When I asked, “What do you think is a better way to make God smile?” He stood up and stated with absolute conviction. “Tell God a joke!” I loved that. And I told him so. Then the whole group tried to think of good jokes that we could tell God.. Here are just a few jokes that might make you smile too.

** Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered into her mother’s ear. “Why is the bride wearing white?” Her mother whispered back saying. “She is wearing white be-cause white is the color of happiness, and this is the happiest day of her life.” The girl thought about that for a moment and then asked. “Okay, but, why then is the groom wearing black?”

** A Sunday school teacher asked her class why Mary and Joseph took Jesus as a young boy along with them to Jerusalem?” The class thought about the question for a moment until ones had a response. She said, “Because they could not get a babysitter!”

**At Sunday school the teacher explained that God had created everything in the universe. And when mortals were created, God produced a woman out of a rib from the side of Adam. After the children went home, a Father noticed that his son was laying on the couch after Sunday dinner. He asked his son if he felt alright. And the son responded saying. “My side hurts. I think I’m going to have a wife.”

I hope God did not take offense at these jokes and smiled instead. Did you smile too? Jokes are great. Good ones really should bring a smile to God not just because they’re funny, but because God genuinely wants us to enjoy life—the blessings of life that God has given to us. I once heard a preacher say that when we finally stand before God, the one thing we will be asked is, “Did you enjoy the blessings I gave you in life?” As we enter into the fullness of summer, my hope is that we will take the time to count our many blessings and offer a word of thanks to the one who provided them. That ought to make God smile too.

R. Carol Kress Gladbrook, UMC
“Bloom where you are planted.” John Wesley

“Let all who take refuge in you rejoice, let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O Lord, You cover them with favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5:11-12

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