October 30, 2013
Ooowee! The Joy of Laughter
The place was packed at this “Letting Go of Pain” luncheon where I was the keynote speaker. Those who were in some way shape or form affected by losing a loved one through senseless violence were in attendance. They were Black, White, male and many females as well as many other colors and nationalities. I could see on their faces their pain and the weight of the world on their shoulders yet I was there to encourage them through the Word of God. Everyone had eaten and the program started. I sat praying that, by the time I would get up to speak, a singer or somebody would just put a little of the joy of the Lord in this gathering. I thought about Psalms 92:1 “It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High.” I had remembered something my friend the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin told me years ago before her father the Late Reverend C.L. Franklin passed away. When I introduced gospel music to the Roman Catholic Church in the 1970 and I started out singing, she told me that a great singer, preacher and speaker must know their audience and who they are trying to get a message. Ooowee! I looked out at my audience and I saw many were hurting mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers, aunties and uncles but what they all had in common was they were hurting from losing that special one in their life. I had been told there were over five hundred at the luncheon and I would be introduced in a few more minutes. They ran out of programs and the program I had I ended up giving it to the master of ceremonies. I began to pray and, as they all stood to welcome me to the mic, I told them all… GOD ENJOYS A GOOD LAUGH There were 3 good arguments that Jesus was Black: He called everyone brother He liked Gospel He didn’t get a fair trial But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Jewish: He went into His Father’s business He lived at home until he was 33 He was sure his Mother was a virgin and his Mother was sure He was God. But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Italian: He talked with his hands He had wine with his meals He used olive oil But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was a Californian: He never cut his hair He walked around barefoot all the time He started a new religion By this time in my introduction, the place was up in laughter, waving their hands as I continued like a down home baptist preacher. I continued on… But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was an American Indian: He was at peace with nature He ate a lot of fish He talked about the Great Spirit. But then there were 3 equally good arguments that Jesus was Irish: He never got married… He was always telling stories. He loved green pastures. Ooowee! I had that entire packed place rocking as the place continued to erupt in laughter. I could not leave it alone yet knew I had to wrap up this introduction So I continued on hoping to close it out. But the most compelling evidence of all- 3 proofs that Jesus was A WOMAN: He fed a crowd at a moment’s notice when there was virtually no food He kept trying to get a message across to a bunch of men who just didn’t get it And even when He was dead, He had to get up because there was still work to do. CAN I GET an AMEN? The place once again erupted in laughter as I received a standing ovation. I shared this Speaking Engagement introduction with each of you to not only bring laughter and hopefully a smile to your face but also to encourage each of you to keep the faith when the world we live in seems to be losing faith not only in mankind but also in God. The Word of God says in Isaiah 26:3, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” And remember if you aren’t happy single, you won’t be happy taken. Happiness comes from within, not from others.” And most importantly, “JOY COMES FROM GOD!
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