We celebrated Holy Humor Sunday on April 27, 2014.
There are moments in our lives when we are so happy, so elated, we have a belly laugh! Easter teaches us that laughter and love are at the heart of God’s work. Joyfully we are able to give knowing that our gifts will help others to see the blessed miracle of God’s creative joy.
You smiled and the sun burst through the shadows of chaos; you chuckled, and the platypus splashed in creation’s fountain; you laughed, and all that is good and beautiful was given shape by you, Imaginative God. Snickering at the feeble attempts of the evil one, you showed us how to resist temptation; giggling at sin’s desperate desire to hold on to us, you released us by your love; howling with laughter at death’s foolish belief that the tomb could hold you, you burst forth into the kingdom as the stars pealed with joy, Laughing Jesus.
As you fill us with new life, may we delight in sharing it with others; as you tell us the good news which can never be taken from us, may we rejoice in offering it to the broken, the sad, the lonely; as you tickle us with grace, may we give it away with laughter on our lips and joy in our hearts, Spirit of Easter.
God in Community, Holy in One, our hearts overflow with wonder as we lift the prayer Jesus has taught us, Our Father . . .(- Thom M. Shuman),
A Clown’s Prayer
As I stumble through this life, help me to create more laughter than tears, dispense more cheer than gloom, spread more cheer than despair.
Never let me become so indifferent, that I will fail to see the wonders in the eyes of a child, or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged.
Never let me forget that my total effort is to cheer people, make them happy, and forget momentarily, all the unpleasantness in their lives.
And in my final moment, may I hear You whisper: “When you made My people smile, you made Me smile.”
Many: Lord, grant me a joyful heart and a holy sense of humor. Please give me the gift of faith, to be renewed and shared with others each day. Teach me to live this moment only, looking neither to the past with regret, nor to the future with apprehension. Let love be my guide, and my life a prayer.”
One: Go in laughter; go in grace. Keep the Lord in your heart and a smile on your face.