11 Oct Humor is a gift; in some eyes, a gift from God.
The time had come for St. Peter’s annual two-week vacation, and Jesus offered to fill in for him at the Pearly Gates while he was gone.
“It’s quite easy, actually,” said Peter.”You sit at the registration desk, and when a person arrives, you inquire about his or her life. Smile, make them feel comfortable, and then send them to housekeeping to pick up their wings.”
Early one morning on the third day,Jesus looked up to see a bewildered old man walking toward the desk.
“I’m a simple carpenter,” the man said. `And once I had a son. He was born in a special way and was unlike
anyone else in this world. He went through a great transformation despite the holes in his hands and feet. He was taken from me for a long time, but hisspirit lives on forever. All over the world people tell his story.” A tear rolled down the old man’s cheek as he paused in silence.Jesus stood up with his arms
outstretched. He, too, had tears in his eyes and gave the old man a big bear hug. “Father,” he cried out. “It’s been such a long time!”
The old man peered over his bifocals, stared for a moment, and
Humor is a gift; in some eyes, a gift from God. When we can laugh at ourselves without sacrificing selfesteem, when we can see the irony in everyday events and giggle at life’s incongruities, when we learn not to take ourselves too seriously, God’s gift of humor is honored. So when the black clouds begin to head in our direction, we need to remember to lighten up, play around, and use a smile as an umbrella when it rains on our parade. Life isn’t a cosmic joke, although at times it may seem like it. Through it all, there are infinite ways to tickle the funny bone. Does God have a sense of humor? Many theologians think and hope so.
Living your joy may not constitute divine rapture, but it certainly has the potential to steer you in that direction. In doing so, it gives weight to the emotional scales, allowing a balance between the highs and lows that we all experience as we journey onward. I once heard Norman Cousins make a presentation shortly before he died. He said, “Many people misunderstood my message about humor. It wasn’t humor that healed me. It was love. Humor is
just a metaphor for love.”
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BRIAN LUKE SEAWARD,PH.D