Joke on the Devil

Dear Jokesters,

The story goes that a pious Jew who is praying at the Wailing Wall is asked by a Japanese tourist,” If he does this often?”

The Jew responds, ”Two or three times a week, as my father did, and his father before him.”

The tourist asked, ”What do you pray for?”

“Peace for Israel, peace for all people,” answered the Jew.

“Are your prayers answered?” asked the tourist.

“Nah‘, says the Jew, “You might as well be talking to a wall.”

---Rabbi Lionel Blue in the ”Tablet” Nov 3,2000. Pg 20—

Do you enjoy a good joke? The Sunday after Easter is known by the nickname “Joke Sunday" or "Holy Humor Sunday.” The early church said the resurrection played a joke on the devil, that is where the name comes from.

No doubt the times are serious with Covid-19 and living in quarantine. The serious nature of our current times might just make this the best time to share a joke and laughter with each other. Easter reminds us the last laugh belongs to Christ! Let us share in the joy of the empty tomb this day and forever.

Psalm 16 says:  ”Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.

                                  Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;

                                          my body also rests secure.” (verses 1,9)

Note how verse one calls upon the Lord to be our security. Then verse nine reminds us to rejoice and find joy.

See also John 20 for further reflection.

Prayers: For healthcare workers, those economically challenged, healing from the coronavirus.

My good friend Ted Hanlon introduced me to Don Francisco:   We live in the truth “He’s Alive!”

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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