From: Prayers for the Domestic Church by Edward Hays
God of Fools, God of Clowns and Smiling Saints,
we rejoice that You are a God of laughter and tears.
Blessed are You, for You have rooted within us the gifts of
humor, lightheartedness and mirth.
With jokes and comedy, You cause our hearts
to sing as laughter rolls out from us.
We are grateful that Jesus, the master of wit, daily invites us to be fools
for Your sake, to embrace the madness of Your prophets, holy people, and saints.
We delight in that holy madness which becomes medicine to heal the chaos
of the cosmos since it calls each of from the humdrumness of daily life
into joy, adventure, and most of all, into freedom.
We, who so easily barter our freedom for illusions of honor and power,
are filled with gratitude that Jesus, by his life, reminded us to seek only love,
the communion with each other and with You, our God, and to balance
honor with humor.
With circus bands and organ grinders, with fools, clowns, court jesters and
comedians, with high spirited angels and saints, we too join in the fun
and the foolishness of life, so that Your holy laughter
may ring out to the edges of the universe.
Blessed are You, our God, who invites us to be holy fools. Amen+