Chuck, who works with me here at St. Anne’s, likes to give me a bad time, and this is well-reciprocated by the writer of this post. Actually, maybe it goes the other way around; who knows who is the instigator!
In case you haven’t guessed “hense of sumor” is just a silly way of juggling the letters a bit in the common phrase “sense of humor.”
Today provided some opportunities to fulfill the prescription given in this post’s title.
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This morning, after Mass and receptionist duties, I introduced some of our residents to a little game called “Smoke & Fire,” which has a similar principal to that of “52 Pickup.” In this little devious pastime, one instructs the intended victims to say “smoke” when they see a black card, and “fire” for a red one.
After ensuring that the first several cards are black, the dealer shows a red card, upon which the participants say “fire!.” At this command, the devious dealer shoots the cards toward the unsuspecting participants for them to pick up. This morning;s game was enjoyed by all, with little mess made since the cards did not go far.
More humor came later when I had some fun with words. I didn’t major in written communication for no reason.
Still called upon to do aide work about once a week, I still enjoy saying that I’m moving up in the world when I head upstairs to work on the floor as well as using other turns of phrase just for fun.
Humor really has an important place in life. It can speak volumes. It can go a long way in sharing the joy of God’s love with those around us, with those who need it. It can touch and open hearts in profound ways.
Scripture itself shares some words about laughter. When looking into this, I recalled the movie Pollyanna (based on Eleanor Porter’s book), starring Hayley Mills. In this inspirational 1960 film, the main character tells the minister that there are over 800 “happy texts” in the Bible. She said something to the effect of “If God took the trouble of telling us 800 times to rejoice and be glad, he must have meant it.”
I am not saying that seriousness does not have it’s place, but it’s good to remember the spiritual value of humor as well.
Below are a few passages you might find interesting:
A joyful heart is the health of the body,
but a depressed spirit dries up the bones.
When the LORD restored the captives of Zion,
we thought we were dreaming.
Then our mouths were filled with laughter;
our tongues sang for joy.
The one enthroned in heaven laughs;
the Lord derides them
Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice!c
Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near.d
Blessed are you who are now weeping,
for you will laugh.
There is an appointed time for everything,
and a time for every affair under the heavens…
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.