Ecclesiastes 3:1,4; Proverbs 17:22; Matthew 6:27; Philippians 4:4
1. Read Ecclesiastes 3:1,4: Influential Swiss theologian Karl Barth once said: “Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.” What do you think he meant by that statement? What about laughter is similar to grace?
2. Read Proverbs 17:22: Why is a heart full of cheer “good medicine?” What is the difference between a crushed spirit and a moment of proper mourning and somber reflection?
3. Read Matthew 6:27: Why is constant worrying so fruitless? How do you think laughter helps us in the midst of our worries?
4. Read Philippians 4:4: Are you able to laugh when life seems overwhelming? Where does the confidence to laugh in the midst of difficulty originate?
For more reflection on the idea of laughter and the Christian faith, watch this wonderful message titled “Punchline” from Christian comedian Michael Jr: youtube.com/watch?v=DZb6yngru5A