H-P Repents

February 12, 2011

Recently a Facebook friend posted a prayer of contrition that moved me so much that I saved it and sent it to our office printer. By the time I would get to the printer to pick it up, the copy of my prayer was gone. Repeatedly. Why anyone would swipe a prayer of contrition puzzled me, especially considering these colleagues of mine, who I thought were living decent lives. Several copies later I finally snagged one of my own.

In the process, the H-P printer itself soon displayed its own prayer of contrition, for good reason, we all thought:

“O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you through my obstinate refusal to print your servants’ papers and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss of power and the pains of dismantling, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to confess my sins, to do penance and to amend my life.”

We hope it will lead to transformed behavior. And my thanks to brilliant work-study students, Joyce, who captured the confession, and Daniel, who noted that we have here a “prayer of reprintance.”

[Look for upcoming posts on how to see humor in the Bible, on goat-hair ruses, and on David’s daring dowry.]

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  1. Karith M. says:

    Howard,

    It’s been such a joy to look over your website! (though I am SHOCKED to discover that grading is not your favorite activity — who would have thought? 🙂

    I’m sorry I didn’t know about your surgery, though I’m glad everything went well.

    I miss your classes and your wonderful presence and those delightful fake finals I seemed to earn. Oxford has a much less developed sense of humor — I think you should visit and liven things up a bit. 🙂

    Miss you, friend.

  2. Missing you must be endemic (referencing Karith’s post). Maybe my H-P printer will send me something joyful that will make you feel closer. Right now, your blog is a great substitution. I can visit and revisit, and there you always are!

  3. Realizing (without capability of editing) that the better word for missing you is “pandemic.”

    • hmacy says:

      Thanks, Marti and Karith. Nice notes like yours warm me as I come in from the grading blizzard. So now I can wish for lavish time and cash to visit each of you in California and Oxford. And I’m sure we’d laugh. In Oxford we’d do it in honor of C. S. Lewis and friends, I think. In CA, just ’cause and for all kinds of good reasons. (In blogtime, I think David’s Daring Dowry will be up in a couple of days.)

Living in Fun

"Walking Cheerfully" is place to think out loud about how to use and enjoy humor in positive, life-giving ways. We’ll explore how following Christ in all of life can shape, not scuttle, laughter and creative play. What might it mean to laugh with others as you would have them laugh with you?

Probably the other most common posts will be "Finds in Fun." I first learned the phrase “being in fun” from Tom Mullen’s Laughing Out Loud and Other Religious Experiences. He points to the playfulness of children, who are readier to laugh and to see the silly than most adults. Living each day “in fun” often makes us laugh as we slog through a nearly endless supply of things odd, silly, klutzy, and preposterous. The stories here are mostly from my own ordinary, “in fun” days.

Fun Nooks and Crannies

There’s “Humor in the Bible,” and these posts explore where it is, how to find it, and what to do with it. It’s one way of thinking about how to read the Bible well.

Since a lot of us spend big chunks of time at work, the “Humor at Work” posts will suggest ways to stay sane and happy, to get along with cow-orkers, and to use humor to do good work.

I’m a book-pusher at heart, and some of my best friends push books, too. I even know some folks who read. So “Fun Books” posts will tell about books that are funny and help us think about humor.

Sometimes I’ll brag on some of the friends I’ve been given or share some photos I’ve enjoyed taking. Maybe you’ll laugh, maybe not, but they’ve brought joy in my journey.

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