Sunday, October 10, 2004

Love and Laughter

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There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under heaven:

a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 niv

We went to a Mark Lowry concert Saturday evening. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time. I enjoyed the sounds of laughter echoing through the gigantic church auditorium.

Mark started the concert by asking which denominations were represented. From Catholic to Charismatic, almost any church you could think of had a group in attendance. He then proceeded to tell some jokes highlighting the differences between denominations in what I considered a good-natured and harmless fashion.

In the midst of all the laughter, I heard one older woman complaining. She said, “We’ll all need to go to the altar in the morning.”

I couldn’t believe it. Since I’d rather focus on relationship with God than religion, I found the jokes particularly funny. I tend to think Jesus might have found them humorous, too. After all, when He lived on earth, He rebuked the ‘religious’ many times, choosing to establish loving relationships with people.

On a trip to Gatlinburg two years ago, I saw a painting of Jesus. He had his head thrown back in laughter. It’s my favorite way of picturing Jesus. Children were drawn to Jesus. What type of person do children like? Certainly not someone with a sour expression and a judgmental attitude.

Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” I’d like to think some healing occurred in the Church Saturday night.

I know God has a sense of humor. As Mark says, “I’ve looked in the mirror.” Have you?

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of laughter and a merry heart, for all good things come from You alone. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.


  1. Think about it...God HAS to have a sense of humor! I mean, really, just look around! There are so many humorous things, even in nature. Have you ever seen a jack rabbit? Or a laughing hyena - he even has a humorous name.There are
    just so many things to laugh at. Just take the time to look & use your eyes to see things the way God meant them to be seen. He doesn't want us to go around being mopey, sour-faced Christians. He wants us to be happy & show the world how happy God makes us. We may very well be the only Christian some sinners come into contact with & the way we portray Christianity is all they ever get to see. I am certain God wants us to have a merry heart & share it with the world. Take my advice & go out there & LAUGH!! AND BE HAPPY!!

    "an extremely happy friend"

  2. Donna,

    I love this post. Have you ever seen the Matthew series? It's the book of Matthew word for word acted out by professionals. When I saw it I had a whole new understanding of who Christ is. Words I thought were maybe judgemental or harsh in the Bible were said with love, gentleness, humor, and even teasing. I don't think the actor misrepresented God's word. I think he simply took me where I had never been able to go before, coming out of a very legalist, serious background. Anyway, I love discovering our Lord's laughter and humor.

    Love Mark Lowry, too.

    BTW, thanks for the encouragement you left on my blog the other day.


  3. I just took a look at your devotional site. I loved it!

    My favorite was Love and Laughter. I couldn't agree more. We Christians need to show the world more joy (and that manifests in a joyful countenance). I often ask myself, "If I don't have a joyful (or at least pleasant) outlook how can others want what I have?"



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