We’re in the Season of Advent and the message is: “Repent and sin no more.” Each year at this time, a popular preacher of the twenties and thirties trotted out his favorite “Advent joke”:
A house painter was widely suspected of cheating his customers by diluting his paint. In spite of his reputation, he managed to get a job painting a Church steeple. True to form, he began painting the steeple with watered down paint. But, as he was just about finished with the job, a sudden heavy rainstorm washed away his work. And he heard a voice from above saying, “REPAINT AND THIN NO MORE!”
Having tortured his congregation with that groaner, that same old preacher would then trot out his favorite Advent story:
A woman boarded a train for the first time in her life. She walked up and down the aisle several times, trying to decide which of the many empty seats to occupy. After finally selecting one, she…
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