Painting the church 43



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There was a Scottish painter named Smokey McGregor who would try and make a penny where he could, so he often thinned down his paint to make it go a wee bit further.

As it happened, he got away with this for some time, but eventually the Scottish Presbyterian Church decided to do a big restoration job on the outside of one of their biggest churches.

Smokey put in a bid and, because his price was so low, he got the job.

So he set about erecting the scaffolding and setting up the planks, and buying the paint and, yes, I am sorry to say, thinning it down with water.

Well, Smokey was up on the scaffolding, painting away, the job nearly completed, when suddenly there was an horrendous clap of thunder – the sky opened, and the rain poured down washing the thinned paint from all over the church and knocking Smokey clear off the scaffold to land on the lawn among the gravestones, surrounded by telltale puddles of the thinned and useless paint.

Smokey was no fool. He knew this was a judgment from the Almighty, so he got down on his knees and cried:

“Oh, God, Oh God, forgive me; what should I do?”

And from the thunder, a mighty voice spoke,

“Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more!”


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  1. Please. No more jokes that rely on ethnicity or nationality.

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  2. Gary Grocott time to learn to laugh at yourself like MOST nationalities do. Politically correct has ruined loads in this life …don’t let them take away our ability to laugh at a joke

  3. Oh very funny . Being Scots I get a lot of this but we aren’t mean we just like value for money. Glad he decided to repaint(repent).

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