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The God Who Smiled

Updated on April 13, 2012

He startled me at first, like when a baby's

Startled when she first hears Poppa laugh.

That sound was much too big, and I too small;

I wasn't sure I liked it more than half;


To start with, it just wasn't what I knew,

Or thought I knew about Him. It was strange

To see my stern-faced Jesus as He flew

Right out the window. Heavens, had He changed?


I had been told to take Him like a draught

Of nasty-tasting syrup. "Open wide!

It's good for you, so swallow!"-- I was taught.

But somewhere, somehow, someone must have lied


Or been gravely misinformed, at least.

This Jesus laughed, He twinkled, He was cool.

He wasn't like a preacher or a priest.

He didn't tell me that I was a fool


Although I am, of course, He understood.

He didn't seem to care, though, and that fact

Stuck in my head and messed me up for good.

I think I started seeing Who I lacked.


He got under my skin. I've been beguiled,

I think forever, by the God who smiled.


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    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      I'm glad it spoke to you, Minnetonka Twin! Drop by anytime!

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      Linda Rogers 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      Beautiful poetry on God smiling. I too was surprised when I first saw that rendition of Jesus smiling. I hit many buttons.

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Thank you, Nell Rose! Yes, it's impossible not to smile back.

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      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, this is so lovely! To see God smiling now wouldn't that be something? Wonderful!

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      I'm glad too, Faith! And yes, He is sweet like that. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      Lovely as He indeed, and as you are to He! I'm glad He revealed himself to you and you have an intimate and personal relationship with Him. He is sweet like that, you know!!! In His Love, Faith Reaper

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Thank you, Deborah, for your kind words!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Absolutely beautiful.. wow.. this is amazing and it is very well written My hat is off to you

      God bless you

      Debbie

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Thanks, Dagny! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      dagny roth 

      6 years ago from Neverland

      How sweet Molly! I smiled just reading it!

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Thank you, teaches. The first time is a shock, but after that, it's a lot of fun to see that God has a sense of humor and enjoys a good laugh.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Lovely! I have seen His sense of humor many times in my lifetime. It is so awesome to know that He has a sense of humor. Great reflection and so enjoyed!

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Thank you, Hyph! The first time I saw this for myself, it was the most surprised I've ever been in my life, but it was a very nice surprise. Thank you for your kindness!

    • mollymeadows profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Strain 

      6 years ago from The Shire

      Thank you, Jamie! I'm glad you liked it.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Oh yes! He has been misspoken and misunderstood. But the One who died for love of us is not stern and mean. He is full of laughter and joy and happiness when we see the truth. Your writing is exceptional and this is uniquely presented. I really enjoyed it!

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      6 years ago from Reno NV

      This is very well written and enjoyable to read. Jamie

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