DEVOTIONAL GUIDE: Overcome evil with a good laugh

"A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones" (Proverbs 17:22).

Rev. Steve Norby

With all the seriousness going around, I thought it good to share some humor that I have edited from “Red Stangland’s Ole & Lena 7.” Can you believe it that there are six other editions? Asking forgiveness instead of permission, he goes!

When Ole and Lena died, St. Peter met them at the pearly gates. The old saint welcomed them and asked if there was anything he could do for them.

“Yah,” said Ole. “We would like to get married.”

St. Peter said, “Come back to this spot in 50 years and I am sure we can fix you up.”

“Fifty years!” exclaimed Ole. “Dat sure is an awful long time to wait.”


St. Peter assured him that in heaven time goes by very fast. So Ole and Lena waited and sure enough, they showed up on the 50th year. St. Peter checked his records and said that he was sorry but they will have to wait another 50 years.

Lena spoke and said, “We waited all our lives on earth and then 50 years and now another 50!” St. Peter listened with compassion and said, “Well, here’s the deal. You wait another 50 years and if we don’t have a Lutheran preacher here by then, I’ll marry you myself.”

Pastor Thorvaldson received a call from the IRS asking him, “Do you have two members named Ole and Lena at First Lutheran?” The pastor admitted that he did.

“Well”, continued the IRS agent, “Did they contribute $10,000 to the church?”

“No,” said the good reverend with a sly grin. “But they will now!”

Finally, Lena met a lady at the church bazaar who was wearing a diamond ring of many carats. Lena admired it and the lady wearing it said that it is known as the Anderson Diamond. She added that it even came with a curse.

“Uff da,” said Lena. “What is the curse?”

The lady said, “Mr. Anderson.”


Romans 12 tells us, “Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty … do not pay anyone evil for evil … If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. … Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

For some of us, this includes a good laugh!

Rev. Steve Norby serves as lead pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids.

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