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September 4, 2014, 8:00 PM

Funny People...

Joan Rivers died today - the second "funny person" we've lost in the last 30 days, Robin Williams being the first. One of the many quotes from Joan that's been floating around Facebook today is this one: "I've had so much plastic surgery, when I die they'll donate my body to Tupperware." (I can see the smile on your face......)  

Why do we love people who can make us laugh?

Even when those people's personal lives seem filled with "demons." Robin Williams battled addiction and severe depression, and let's face it, Joan was down right mean at times. But those things fade in the presence of a gift that can create such a deep "belly laugh" that our faces turn red, tears run down our cheeks and a stitch develops in our side. Maybe laughter is a release we all need sometimes. Maybe things that make us laugh take our minds off of life that has gotten too serious. Maybe people who make us laugh are cherished because they can take the ordinary parts of our stress filled lives and help us see them with a twist - and the "perform perfectly" pressure we put on ourselves much of the time eases, even if it's just for a few seconds. 

Or is it deeper than that?

I guess I sense joy present when God created the world. Is it possible that laughter allows the joy that was in the heart of God when he created us to surface every once in a while? Remember, Genesis tells us that God created human beings "in the image of God." (Gen. 1:27) How many different Psalms call us to "sing for JOY to the Lord?" (see Psalm 95) Joy is a fruit - evidence of - the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22) Read the final two chapters of Revelation and try not to feel joyful about the ultimate victory of God and his purpose for creation.  So if joy is part of God, it's reasonable to think it's part of us, too...and maybe laughter is actually a gift from God that plugs us into a core component of what it means to be human. 

Maybe more on this later.......but what do YOU think? As always...

Keep Lookin' Up!

Pastor D.



Comments

12-09-2014 at 12:40 PM
Lynn H.
laughter is good medicine! Gods creation I'm sure.
10-01-2014 at 10:02 PM
shannon hoffman
You have given all of us this gift many times, Pastor David! I can think of several occasions when i have laughed myself into tears at Christ Church! What a blessing! It's the best feeling in the world to just let go and laugh once in a while, especially nowadays when life has a way of dragging us down into dark places. Thank you for the laughter!
09-18-2014 at 3:18 PM
Colleen Holtz
I got on the website to request prayer for Beth Stanish. While on the site I read both Message From the Pastor and The Pastor's Blog. How refreshing they both are. I'm going to see a friend tonight that I've asked over and over again to come to church. I'm going to tell her to read your message and that I hope to see her Sunday! Thank you for another opportunity!
09-05-2014 at 11:16 PM
Stephen J. "Steve" Osgood
I think at times the Lord himself slaps his leg and laughs, and tries in vain to speak to us and say something like, "Steve, what in the world were you thinking of?" Laughter is good for the soul. Smile, Do something good, and make the day count.
09-05-2014 at 11:44 AM
Sharon Chandler
I LOVE being around folks that are happy and make me laugh. Thank you for making me think about this!!

God's blessings to all who read this.
09-05-2014 at 9:53 AM
Chuck Porter
When we make someone else laugh, we laugh with them. So we both benefit from the laughter, and we enjoy it together.
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