Shedding Some Light

Not a Spot in Sight

On Sunday, Feb. 15, the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, the Gospel Lesson included Mark 1:40–42: A man with leprosy came to Him and begged Him on his knees, “If you are willing, You can make me clean.” Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man. “I am willing,” He said. “Be clean.” Immediately, the leprosy left him and he was cured (NIV).

After the reading, our pastor, Rev. Doug Krengel, called all the children to the front of the church for the children’s message. Equipped with a First Aid kit, he asked the children what was wrong with the man in the story.

“Did he have the flu?”

They answered, “No.”

“Did he have a cold?”


“Did he have a broken bone?”


Then a child suggested loudly, “He had leopard spots!”

Not quite leprosy, of course, but perhaps close enough from a child’s perspective.

Marilin Ginnow
Trinity Lutheran Church
Jackson, Mich.


Signs of the Season

  • On a parish-hall kitchen bulletin board: “Egg Dippers—Make Sure You Cover Your Bottoms!” (Posted after complaints that some Easter-egg bottoms weren’t sufficiently covered with chocolate.)

  • From a Palm Sunday bulletin: “The palm branches will be collected as you leave to be burned.”

  • A parish announcement: “Easter Sunrise Service, 6 p.m.” (No excuses now from late risers!)

From The Big Book of Church Humor by Ken Alley

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