This weekend is in many ways a weekend of laughter. On Friday night, the Women of Assurance will be hosting an event titled “Live-Love-Laugh.” I know it will be an amazing gathering of women from our community. In fact, you can still sign-up!!! Simply click HERE. I know you will have a wonderful time!

Then uniquely, on Sunday, we will also be talking about the concept of laughter with a sermon literally titled “Laugh.” We will look at laughter in relation to our faith, and how our ability to laugh comes from a deeper joy in our heart—the joy of Jesus Christ in our lives! I know it will be a fun Sunday as we reflect upon God’s gift of laughter.

Now, this is actually my SECOND post about laughter in 2017! You can find my first post HERE. As you may remember, the winter storm kept us from meeting on Sunday, January 8th. Therefore, I moved my sermon on laughter to this Sunday, January 29th. But, you know what, I’m blogging about it again. Why? –Because I am STILL LAUGHING!!!

I don’t know about you, but it feels like we need to laugh a little more as a people. The world can be a crazy and chaotic place. It is so easy to focus only on the negative things that make us angry or sad. Now, I’m not saying that those things do not exist or that we should ignore them. We have to be honest about the world around us. However, we also have to trust and focus on the promises of God! This is part of our calling as Disciples of Christ. It is also part of our witness to the world around us.

In the midst of all the chaos and divisiveness, I still believe we can find happiness and a time to laugh. The reason is that I believe we all have a greater joy that comes from knowing who we are in Jesus Christ. This joy inspires a happiness that is in itself inspirational to others—and even contagious when others see our joy lead to laughter in our lives…When they hear it…When they sense the power behind our laughter…When they see Jesus in our laughter. The sermon on Sunday will talk about this very thing.

Christians are supposed to laugh. Theological giant Karl Barth once said, “Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.” I hope you’ll join me on Sunday as we discover why that statement is so true. Oh what a joyful day full of laughter it will be!

In Christ’s Name,

Lonnie