Monday, February 13, 2012

On The Light Side

We are so used to “laugh tracks” that we hardly recognize real humor when it presents itself to our senses unaided and unsuggested. And, indeed, humor is conveyed to us through all our senses. When is the last time you were truly tickled? Or when was the last time a friend fooled you with a taste, an odor, or an optical illusion?

C.S. Lewis expressed the opinion that joy would be the serious business of heaven. If you don’t like a party, don’t plan on going there; it will be joy forevermore.

I am convinced that many of the stories told in the Bible elicited much laughter as they were repeated. The telling of the escapade of the seven sons of Sceva who attempted to drive out demons from a man saying, “We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches,” undoubtedly ended in laughter when the story teller concluded with the words of the demons – “Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are you?” – and told of the men running away from their encounter, naked and wounded.

Christians are serious people; they see the world as it really is and grieve over much of what they see. But we must also be bearers of the joy we’ve found in our relationship with God.  Like the angels at that first enunciation, we must continually say to our world, “I bring you great joy which shall be to all people.”

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