Over two hundred times in the Bible the word joy is used. A significant number of those times it is associated with eating and drinking, celebration and dancing. There were times of great achievement when shouts of joy went up. Jesus smiled at the quick-witted comment about dogs and crumbs made by the Syro-Phoenician woman. In other words, times of laughter and fun. God created us to enjoy life. And that includes laughter. It seems that this trait has been hijacked by the enemy, leading to foolishness and raunchiness that is not funny, but sad.
So the question of the day, how long has it been since I laughed? Does our family enjoy times when we are just plain silly, laughing and joking, in all purity? Is laughter spontaneous in our home or is there a serious, angry tone most of the time? Do we plan times to play or are we always working, or escaping each other?
The greatest memories we have as a family are vacations, game nights, family nights, and milestone achievements when we celebrated. Humor, laughter and joyous interactions when wholesome are healthy. As a church family, such interactions lift the spirits of the downtrodden, help us not take ourselves too seriously, and help us share our humanity. It creates the desire to be together even more. Here at Christmas, it is good to remember that even Ebenezer Scrooge transformed from bah humbug to a spirit of laughter and joy.
My prayer is that if someone is missing it, that they find the true spirit of joy and laughter that comes from a heart that has been set free this Christmas season. Remember to take some time for fun. Its godly.