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God of Surprises


Did you know … God has a playful side?

If not, why would God have created

the sometimes-laughable diversity

in nature, animals, people?

Vast galaxies – miniscule cells,

prickly bushes – lamb’s ear plants

tiny violets – head-heavy sunflowers,

kohlrabi and star fruit.


Waddling ducks – long-necked giraffes,

stilt-legged cranes – ponderous hippos,

Swift gazelles – plodding snails

industrious ants and laid-back walrus.

Skin-shades – all colors, hues.

Tall – short; skinny – plump.

Pointy noses – double chins,

Muscular arms and spindly legs.

God of life’s surprises,

help us to cast aside feelings

of gloom and doom


to dwell on what brings joy and laughter.

God of serendipity,

give us light hearts and playful spirits,

penetrate our busy and oh, so serious lives

with more giggles, balloons, picnics, cartoons

and all that brings us joy and delight.

First published in the Summer 2015 issue of HOPE magazine.


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Sister Ann Casper

Sister Ann Casper

Sister Ann Casper, SP, retired as the executive director for Mission Advancement for the Sisters of Providence in 2018 and currently serves as minister of Providence Community Cemetery at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana. Sister Ann has ministered in various scholastic and administrative positions in Indiana and North Carolina. She also was a member of the Sisters of Providence leadership team, serving as General Secretary.

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