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Jesus and Clowns

In hahahas, off-beat, Religion on September 14, 2008 by Editor Z


What do clowns and Jesus have in common? (H/T: Daily Gut).

Herald Mail:

Once the white pancake make-up has been carefully applied to the faces of the Real Life Community Church Clowns, all talking ceases.

Not a hello.

Not a whistle.

Not a peep.

Talking, members say, isn’t needed. That’s because, they say, you have to listen to pay attention to God’s message.

Linda Havens, of Hagerstown, started the troupe at her church earlier this year after attending a retreat last fall for Credo’s Women’s Ministries in Hanover, Pa.

Part of the retreat included a special ceremony with clowns. During one of those skits, Havens was cast as the Cleaning Clown.

“It was my job to puff their faces and straighten up their hair,” she says with a laugh.

Each clown has a special duty, Havens says, from Sad Clown and Happy Clown, a persona he or she portrays during pantomimed skits.

Havens was so inspired that clowns could move others that she wanted to bring a similar troupe to her church to use it as part of their outreach. More >>>

Yes, but there is a flip side to this. After all many people are afraid of clowns. Either that or clowns tend to elicit rage from alot of people annoyed by them, so clearly this isn’t for everyone. God may love clowns but there are a great many people who can’t stand them. I myself have always wanted to learn how to ride on one of those really small pocket sized bicycles that so many clowns ride around on.

Anyway I wonder how these guys handle weddings and funerals. Do they use a clown car as a hearse or limo?

On a related note, here is a clown’s prayer:

The Clown’s Prayer

As I stumble through this life,
help me to create more laughter than tears,
dispense more cheer than gloom,
spread more cheer than despair.
Never let me become so indifferent,
that I will fail to see the wonders in the eyes of a child,
or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged.
Never let me forget that total
effort is to cheer people,
make them happy, and forget momentarily,
all the unpleasantness in their lives.
And in my final moment,
may I hear you whisper:
“When you made my people smile,
you made me smile.”

-Anonymous


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