“We no more give honors to fools than pray for snow in summer or rain during harvest.” Proverbs 28:1
My brother, Wayne, and his wife, Julane, were expecting their third child. They had two sons and were hoping for a girl. This was back in the old days when no one knew the sex of the child before he or she was born, so it was a big deal to announce “boy” or “girl.” On April 1, 1974 my brother called and said, “We have a girl!” Immediately, I said, “Yeah, good April Fool joke.” He said, “No, really, we have a girl!”
We have become used to someone trying to fool us on April 1. This tradition goes back hundreds of years and is observed around the world. The World Wide Web even gets into the fun by publishing ideas how to fool someone. In honor of my book, “The Donut Theory,” I liked the trick of getting a Dunkin Donut box and filling it with vegetables to take to the office. That would have gone over poorly in the church office where donuts were considered stress survival food. Another donut joke is to replace custard filling in a Boston cream donut with Miracle Whip. That’s just plain cruel.
In a devotion I read this morning, the writer suggested instead of playing tricks on people, we should offer a special blessing, so here it goes: “May you not be fooled today by foolish people.”
Thank you, Lord, for a sense of humor, especially on April 1. Amen.