Thank You God for Language and Humor,
which combine to give us
endless pleasure as children and adults.
We find rich joy in tongue-twisters such
sells sea shells at the seashore.
The shells she sells are surely seashells.
So if she sells shells on the seashore,
I'm sure she sells seashore shells.
Betty Botter bought a bit of
The butter Betty Botter bought
was a bit bitter and made her batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter
makes a batter better. So Betty Botter
bought a bit of better butter,
making Betty Botter's bitter batter better.
You gave the
gift of humor and rhyme to people of all languages, as
paka pepe khai.
(Bird eats ripe papaya).
You give us great challenges beyond
our control in life: lightning strikes, diseases, the
death of family members,
hurricanes - and we worsen our condition
with war, dishonesty, duplicity, theft, insensitivity
Guide me always
to do what I can to make life better, to reduce the tension
and the hatred and the anger, to use language to console
and to give joy.
Let me never
loose my sense of humor,
my happiness, my language, and my laughter.
And let me never lose the pleasure
You have given us in word-play,
and in a tongue-twister learned as a child
from my father:
much wood would a woodchuck chuck
if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
He would chuck, he would, as much as he could, and chuck
as much as a woodchuck would
if a woodchuck could chuck wood.
Thank You, God, for language,
and for the special joys of clever language.
All this I pray
to You in confidence and hope,
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