Holy Humor

by Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Oct 18, 2008

"A cheerful heart is good medicine. A cheerful heart is good medicine." 
Proverbs 17:22

Most people are reluctant to put the word "holy" next to "humor." They inaccurately assume they just don't go together. Yet some of the funniest things can happen in religious settings. 

We've all watched the videos of weddings gone wrong with fainting groomsmen, brides and grooms reciting incorrect vows and wedding cakes falling up-side-down on the floor. I once performed a wedding ceremony in a small, Minnesota community church where the "ring bearer" was a dog. The looks on the faces of those guests was priceless. 

I love the prayers of children: 

  • Dear God, thank you for the baby brother but what I prayed for was a puppy. Joyce.
  • Dear God, please put another holiday between Christmas and Easter. There is nothing good in there now. Ginny.
  • Dear God, please send Dennis Clark to a different camp this year. Peter.
  • Dear God, in Bible times, did they really talk that fancy? Jennifer.
  • Dear God, instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don't you just keep the ones you got now? Jane.
  • Dear God, I think the stapler is one of your greatest inventions. Ruth
  • Dear God, I bet it is very hard for you to love all of everybody in the world. There are only four people in our family and I can never do it. Nan
  • Dear God, I went to this wedding and they kissed right in church. Is that OK? Neil
One Sunday morning the pastor noticed little Alex in the church foyer staring up 
at a large plaque covered with names with small American flags next to them. The six-year old had been staring at the plaque for some time. The pastor saw him and said quietly, "Good morning, Alex." 

"Good morning, pastor," he replied and with his eyes on the plaque asked, "Pastor, what is this?"

The pastor said, "Well, son, it's a memorial to all the young men and women who died in the service." 

After staring at it some more, little Alex's voice, barely audible and trembling with fear asked, "Which service, the 9:30 or the 10:45?" 

Three boys are in the school yard bragging about their fathers. The first boy says, "My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem, they give him $50." 

The second boy says, "That's nothing. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a song, they give him $100." 

The third boy says, "I got you both beat. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a sermon, and it takes eight people to collect all the money." 

A Sunday School teacher asked her class why Joseph and Mary took Jesus with them to Jerusalem. A small child replied, "They couldn't find a baby-sitter." 

At Sunday School they were teaching how God created everything including human beings. Little Johnny seemed especially intent when they told him Eve was created out of one of Adam's ribs. Later in the week his mother noticed him lying down as though he were ill and said, Johnny, what is the matter? Little Johnny responded, "I have a pain in my side. I think I'm going to have a wife."

An elderly woman died last month. Having never married, she requested no male pall bearers. In her handwritten instructions for her memorial service, she wrote, "They wouldn't take me out while I was alive, I don't want them to take me out when I'm dead." 

A little girl became restless as the preacher's sermon dragged on and on. Finally, she leaned over to her mother and whispered, "Mommy, if we give him the money now, will he let us go?" 

Holy humor — keep smiling. 

Think about it.


Dr. Don Meyer is President of 
Valley Forge Christian College, Phoenixville, PA 
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