After reading some of the items in last week’s news, I reminded myself again how thankful I am that I am not God, and that God is merciful. After reading some of the police reports, I knew that my judgment would have been instant, probably before the incidents happened, because my anger was so intense.
I asked God to forgive my anger and not let it turn into hatred for the unknown persons, in spite of what they had done to innocent victims. Harboring anger and hatred towards people I may never know will not hurt them; it will only hurt me.
With all the tragedy that is reported on the news these days, we need to remember the words of King Solomon when he said a merry heart is good for the soul. Modern renditions are that laughter is a good medicine.
Because none of us are perfect, we all can (and do) make mistakes. Sometimes, while we are not laughing at the one who made the mistake, we can laugh at the mistake and feel a moment of lightheartedness. Sometimes all it takes is one little word to give something we write or say a whole new meaning. These little bloopers were found in church bulletins:
• The Pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday morning.
- The Rev. Merriwether spoke briefly, much to the delight of the audience.
- The pastor will preach his farewell message, after which the choir will sing, “Break Forth Into Joy.”
- During the absence of our pastor, we enjoyed the rare privilege of hearing a good sermon when J.F. Stubbs supplied our pulpit.
- Next Sunday Mrs. Vinson will be soloist for the morning service. The pastor will then speak on “It’s a Terrible Experience.”
- Due to the Rector’s illness, Wednesday’s healing services will be discontinued until further notice.
- Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.
- On a church bulletin during the minister’s illness: GOD IS GOOD, Dr. Hargreaves is better.
- Potluck supper: prayer and medication to follow.
- Don’t let worry kill you off — let the church help.
- Ladies, don’t forget the rummage sale. It’s a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don’t forget your husbands.
- At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What is Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice.
- Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Pastor Nelson’s sermons.
- The ushers will come forward and take our ties and offerings.
- A talk on drugs will be given at the next Mothers’ Union meeting. This will be followed by a bring and buy sale.
- Don’t miss the Young Wives’ Victorian Evening next month. It will be a fun night and some of the women will wear clothes.
- This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.
- Next Sunday, a special collection will be taken to defray the cost of the new carpet. All those wishing to do something on the new carpet will come forward and get a piece of paper.
- The church is glad to have with us today as our guest minister the Rev. Shirley Green, who has Mrs. Green with him. After the service we request that all remain in the sanctuary for the Hanging of the Greens.
• Next Thursday, there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
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Thought for the week — Always laugh when you can. It is cheap medicine. (Lord Byron)