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A Christian Who Pranks | Mary Biever | One Writing Mother

A Christian Who Pranks

“Mary, you’re different than I imagined,” a new friend noted as we shared coffee. “I thought you would be quiet.”

There was a time he would have been right.  As a young child, I filled a place in the perfect family photo op on Sunday morning: perfectly curled hair, church hat, dress, patent shoes, lacy anklets, and lacy gloves complete with a corsage at Easter. We could go to hell and back on the drive to church, pull into the parking lot, and I could give a big smile without letting a soul know what had just been screamed at me. Yes, I behaved from sheer terror of the consequences. On the outside – inside I treasured mischievous thoughts that kept me sane.

Later, when the reign of terror ended, I ventured from the church and God. I could do better than hypocrisy and Sunday morning straightjackets.

Mary Biever, International Woman of Mystery

Eventually, with the love of a good husband, I discovered it was possible to go to church sometimes dressed up and sometimes not, be real, and love God while keeping my sense of humor. When my son gave me mongo pink sunglasses as a prank Mother’s Day gift, I wore them. In public.

When I read where Jesus says there are many mansions in his Father’s house, I breathe a sign of relief. Surely one of those houses is a funhouse. If so, I hope there’s a room where they shoot off fireworks.

I wonder sometimes whether my knack for pranks is a talent or a cross to bear. If God created kangaroos with pouches and knew what He was doing, then surely He did the same with my humor.

Whatever happens in life, lyrics from a gospel song or show tune will play in my head. Sometimes, I sing them out loud, sometimes in public, to the chagrin of my children.

Life can be hard. Laughter and a song to sing can be a gift from God to make the tough stuff easier. As Auntie Mame said when she lost everything in the Depression, sometimes we need a little Christmas now.

How can you use your humor to make life easier for you, your friends and family? And encourage your friends to nurture their own humor? Here’s my take from Godspell‘s “All for the Best”… What’s yours?

One Response to “A Christian Who Pranks”

  1. Wayne McEvilly March 3, 2011 at 9:53 am #

    Mary –
    When a person gets to “leave a reply” your site provides a box where the outlines of required data are real light – near invisible in fact. This may cut down on your visitors who reply? I’m just a beginner, but I was determined to say “What a wonderful and uplifting visit you have provided me with here!” thanks a trillion (with a tomato costing $3 I figured in for inflation.)

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