I’ve noticed that we Americans tend to turn quickly to humor as a means of coping with difficulties. That has been the case with the recent coronavirus. It’s not that we downplay the seriousness of the pandemic. We just have a tendency to find instances in which people’s thinking or responses can be funny. While some kinds of humor is completely inappropriate, there are ways in which we can step back and laugh at ourselves. As Christians, maybe that is a way of reminding ourselves that God is in control.
For example, several weeks ago when everyone who had a sign was putting out some word of thanks to frontline responders, health workers, and people who were coming in direct contact with the public, a church near where I work put this out on their sidewalk. On a busy street. I thought it was a riot and would drive past wanting to see if someone had finally changed it. But it stayed this way for weeks.
Maybe your’re tired of masks, hand sanitizer, or being asked if you’ve visited Wuhan. Maybe you’re weary of shortages in the grocery store, of being confined to your home, or of some other way the coronavirus has affected you. Maybe you need to smile. So without further delay, here are some things I’ve collected through the past several weeks. They came to me by text or email, or were on various websites that I visit. Enjoy:
And my favorite: