I love to laugh,
Loud and long and clear
I love to laugh
It's getting worse every year
The more I laugh
The more I fill with glee
And the more the glee
The more I'm a merrier me!
--"I Love To Laugh" from Mary Poppins
With each passing year, I am more and more convinced that laughter is a gift from God and we do not do it nearly enough. While there is such a thing as foolish laughter and silliness, I often think we as Christians do not laugh nearly enough. From the way the world often portrays us, I do not think I am alone in that opinion.
Yes, we are in a battle, yes we are admonished to be sober and vigilant and yet I also believe we need laughter. At the beginning of Jesus' public ministry we find him, of all places, at a wedding... a joyous event. A first century wedding in the Middle East bore little resemblance to a western wedding today. Feasting and celebrating lasted for days. It was an event filled with eating, drinking, singing and laughter. We often find Jesus at what we would call "dinner parties".
If you read the Gospels carefully, you can find examples of the humor of Jesus in some of his responses. This is often lost simply because we don't understand the humor of that day and age or it gets lost in the translation. Humor in the Bible is just not restricted to the Gospels. I cannot help but chuckle when I read the taunts of Elijah when the prophets of baal are trying to get baal to send down fire from heaven. I love it!
As we travel this road called Life, let us not forget to laugh. God loves laughter... and so do I!
In our family we have often discussed the fact that we would be very poor entertainment for reality tv. With no screaming and a lot of laughing we have ridden the storms and will continue to do so. There are anniversaries such as 22nd December which could continue to cause great pain but allowing God to take our burdens releases us into a far greater life.
Yes, Sister K! We have to have some chuckles! Gotta laugh! He he ho ho ha ha!