April 28, 2013

The Clown's Prayer

"Lord, as I stumble through this life, help me to create more laughter than tears, dispense more happiness than gloom, spread more cheer than despair. Never let me become so indifferent that I will fail to see the wonder in the eyes of a child or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged. Never let me forget that my total effort is to cheer people, make them happy and forget at least for a moment all the unpleasant things in their lives. And, Lord, in my final moment, may I hear You whisper: 'When you made My people smile, you made Me smile.'" 
 ("The Clown's Prayer" of Smiles Unlimited, a clown ministry to hospitals, nursing homes and prisons, based in Indianapolis, IN)

-from the book Holy Humor: The Best of The Joyful Noiseletter by Cal and Rose Samra. www.joyfulnoiseletter.com)