The most fun I had this past Sunday was singing and jumping around with the kids during Church School. I taught them the song “Father Abraham” with all the accompanying hand and body motions. We sang and waved our arms and legs and spun around, finally collapsing in giggles. We then all sat in a circle together as the teacher began the lesson about the Holy Family.
This is not to say I didn’t also adore later celebrating Eucharist with the adults but, rather, that sometimes a little levity is a good thing. Life is busy and sometimes I can get grim with responsibilities. I need to remember that God made us for laughter and pleasure as well. Abraham and Sarah laughed, King David danced, Job promises that God will “fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouts of joy”, Jeremiah prophesized, “Then shall the young women rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old shall be merry,” even Jesus made wine for the happiness and celebrations of a wedding.
Being a Christian is not meant to be a solemn business, but one where we grow most fully into who it is we were created to be, including both responsibilities and silliness. In the midst of Lent and of cold, it might be good for all of us to remember to set aside time for joy and laughter. It is good for the soul.
You are very dear to me and to God in Christ.