Some Christians have faces so long that they could eat oatmeal out of the end of a gas pipe. (Don’t get mad at me. This quote is attributed to evangelist Billy Sunday). That’s how I felt last week and I don’t even like oatmeal!
The Bible says that laughter follows crying. (See Luke 6:21 and, Psalm 30:5b). Therefore the reverse, that crying follows laughter, must also be so.
Thankfully the Bible also promises that God will fill our mouths with laughter. (Job 8:21)
“I don’t want any male pallbearers,” joked country star Minnie Pearl. “If they won’t take me out when I’m alive, I sure don’t want them taking me out when I’m dead!”
Yes the joke is corny, but can we take a look at the Savior’s birth and imagine how the folks involved were laughing because they were so full of joy?
As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed. (Luke 2:15-18, MSG)
Prayer – Father we applaud you. We bring you the gift of laughter and sing ourselves into your presence. Amen. (From Psalm 100:1-2, MSG)