Smile of the Day

Life is getting much too serious, yes? Who doesn't need a daily smile?




Sunday, January 22

What it means

The small church was filled to overflowing capacity one Sunday morning. The preacher was getting ready to start his sermon when suddenly three men wielding automatic weapons burst into the rear of the church. One of them shouted: "Everyone willing to take a bullet for Jesus, stay in your seats!"

Screaming. Pandemonium. Fleeing through the aisles. The pews emptied, followed by the choir. The deacons ran out the door, followed by the choir director and the assistant pastor: until finally there was no one left but the preacher, looking very white and shaken but still steady in his pulpit.

The men put their weapons away. The one who had shouted out earlier goes up to the preacher and says to him, very gently: "All right, pastor, the hypocrites are gone now. You may begin the service."

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