Brownsville

God Will Save Me

Sister Mary, aka Julie Andrews from the Sound of Music, taught 6th grade religion.    She made us memorize the Beatitudes, the Commandments, and we had to avidly read the Bible.  What I remember most about 6th grade religion were Sister Mary’s jokes.  She felt it was important for us to know that God had a sense of humor.  My favorite joke, which I’ve heard in various versions throughout my life, is this:

There was a devout man who’d always done God’s will and never wavered in his faith.

One day a storm came and everyone warned of the great flood that would engulf the town.  The devout man was told to abandon his home and seek higher ground.

But when the storm hit he did not leave his home.  The water was about to take over the entire first floor of his house and a boat came by.  The captain told him to get on board.

To this the devout man responded, “No need, God will save me.”

The water kept rising and just as it was about to overtake the second floor another boat came and the captain told him to get on board.

To this the devout man responded, “No need, God will save me.”

Finally the devout man stood on his roof and a third boat came.  The captain told him that he had to get in.

To this the devout man responded, “No need, God will save me.”

The water kept rising and the man drowned.  He did make it to heaven and was able to speak with God.

He asked, quite upset, “God, why did you not save me?”

To this God answered, “Who do you think sent the boats?”

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