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A nurse on the pediatric ward, before listening to the little ones' chests, would plug the stethoscope into their ears and let them listen to their own hearts first. The eyes would always light up with awe. But she never got a response to equal 4-year-old David's. Gently she tucked the stethoscope in his ears and placed the disc over his heart. "Listen," she said, "What do you suppose that is?" David drew his eyebrows together in a puzzled line and looked up as if lost in the mystery of the strange tap-tap-tapping deep in his chest. Then his face broke out in a wondrous grin, "Is that Jesus knocking?" he asked.

A college student was in a philosophy class which had a discussion about God's existence. The professor presented the following logic: "Has anyone in this class heard God?" Nobody spoke. "Has anyone in this class touched God?" Again, nobody spoke. "Has anyone in this class seen God?" When nobody spoke for the third time, he simply stated, "Then there is no God." One student thought for a second, and then asked for permission to reply. Curious to hear this bold student's response, the professor granted it, and the student stood up and asked the following questions of his classmates: "Has anyone in this class heard our professor's brain?" Silence. "Has anyone in this class touched our professor's brain?" Absolute silence. "Has anyone in this class seen our professor's brain?" When nobody in the class dared to speak, the student concluded, "Then, according to our professor's logic, it must be true that our professor has no brain!"

BECAUSE THE YOUNGER CHILDREN at our parochial school
oftenforgot their sins when they entered my confessional,
I suggested that teachers have the students make lists.
The next week when one child came to confession,
I could hear him unfolding paper. The youngster began,
"I lied to my parents. I disobeyed my mom. I fought with my
brothers and . . ." There was a long pause. Then a small, angry
voice said, "Hey, this isn't my list!"
"All In a Day's Work" by Douglas F. Fortner (Readers Digest)

AS A NEW MINISTER, I wanted my first holiday services to be
both attractive and meaningful. The Christmas Eve service included
a candle-lighting ceremony in which each congregant lit a candle
from his neighbor's candle. At the conclusion of the ceremony,
the congregation sat hushed, pondering the beauty of the moment.
I rose to announce a hymn and was taken completely by surprise
when laughter broke out in response to my invitation:
"Now that everyone is lit, let's sing `Joy to the World.' "
"All In a Day's Work" by David Pinckney (Readers Digest)

THE CHURCH I WORK FOR employs Edward, a retired pastor,
to visit shut-ins. Two of his regulars are sisters in their 90s who live
together. He arrived at their home one day to find that Meals on
Wheels had delivered Mexican food, which neither sister liked.
"We hate to see food go to waste," said the elder sister.
"Won't you please eat it?" Edward, embarrassed, replied,
"I would feel terribly guilty eating the lunch brought to you by Meals
on Wheels. Why not give it to the cat?"
"Oh, we tried that," said the younger sister. "He didn't like it either."
"All In a Day's Work" by Gerry Vander-Lyn (Readers Digest)