Growing up, I LOVED watching old musicals! Among my favorite songs were “Bless Yore Beautiful Hide” from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, “The Chimney Sweep Song” from Mary Poppins and “Make ’em Laugh” from Singing in the Rain.
In the 1952 film starring Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor -“Make ’em Laugh”- was performed perfectly by the character Cosmo Brown and enamored my brother and I at young ages with the skill of physical comedy.
Make ’em laugh, make ’em laugh,
Don’t you know ev’ry one wants to laugh?
My dad said, “Be an actor my son,
But be a comical one!”
They’ll be standing in lines
For those old honky tonk monkey shines
Oh, you could study Shakespear and be quite elite,
And you could charm the critics and have nothing to eat,
Just slip on a a banana peel, the world’s at your feet
Make ’em laugh, make ’em laugh, make ’em laugh!
Reading back over these lines and watching this clip- I just thank God for the gift of humor! He didn’t have to give us funny bones, but HE DID! Graciously, brilliantly, and loving-he gifted the world with laughter.
Remember that God is the giver of EVERY good gift-including humor. In thanksgiving and love, be careful not to make light of and laugh at the things that break God’s heart.