Friday, April 1, 2011

The Day the Lord Returned and Left My Brother Behind

It's April Fool's Day!

What is the best prank you ever played on anyone, or had someone play on you?

For me, it was undoubtedly that September morning in 1988, the day that Edgar C. Whisenant predicted would be the Second Coming of Christ (88 Reasons Why the Rapture is in 1988). Perhaps you remember the whirlwind of controversy his book stirred up. People everywhere were either laughing their heads off at the misguided minister, or preparing their hearts for the Rapture.

My dad was preparing the practical joke of a lifetime. 

My brother John and I went into the kitchen expecting to see Dad sitting there at the table as usual, his Bible open beside the breakfast of health food champions: raw oatmeal and raisins. But he was nowhere to be found. Instead, what we saw was a pile of rumpled clothing on his chair and empty socks and shoes on the floor. Their shapely appearance suggested Dad had been lifted out of them and ushered into glory, stark naked.

Forgetting that date setting went against our family's eschatology, John screamed, "It's true! It's true! Jesus came back!"

I consoled him by saying, "Obviously it's not true. I'm still here."

Sisters are like that.


Carol said...

HILARIOUS!!!! That cracked me up. :) Just stopping by to say "Woo-hoo, today is the day!" to one of my co-authors. Blessings!

georgia probst said...

i love you faith!! you help to make my days better, someday i will have to tell you about the giant fly for my brother!!

Faith said...

Gawwwgia! You'll be able to tell me the story in person soon, hopefully!

Ah, Carol, so nice to meet a fellow Guidepostser (boy that's a strange word!). Thank you for stopping by; I look forward to getting to know you more, through writings at least for now. Take care. :)

Jayce said...

Oh dear. It was like a huge 1988 Fools. :[

Esther said...

that was awesome. funny funny :)