The Gift of Humor

Good morning,

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard and put in so much time on the Cantata last Sunday!  What a great way to start our Advent Season!  Thanks as well to the Kitchen Committee for another wonderful meal.

Trent is the jokester of our family.  He loves a good joke, loves to tell a good joke, and loves to play jokes on the rest of us.  Most of all, he just loves to laugh.  When he was little he would often run into any room where people were laughing just to laugh along with them…he didn’t even need to know the reason for all the laughter.

Humor is an essential part of family life, but it can be risky.  Psychology Today once survey 14,000 people and asked them to rate 30 jokes.  Every joke had some people who rated it as “very funny”, and every joke had some people who rated it “not funny at all”.  God must have located our funny bones in different places! 

It’s important that we find things that the whole family finds funny and incorporate them into our daily lives.  It may be acting silly (think 3 Stooges, without the pain!), telling funny jokes or stories, or singing silly songs.  While it is true that humor comes to some easier than others, I believe that God has given each of us a sense of humor to use!

“Laughter is the best medicine” is a common phrase in our culture and medical studies have shown that there is some truth to that.  It shouldn’t surprise us, since Proverbs 17:22 tells us that “A cheerful heart is good medicine.”  The Bible is full of reminders to us to laugh.  In Psalm 126:2 the psalmist sings “Our mouths are filled with laughter”, and Paul exults in Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!”

Humor helps us cope with both the small things and big things in life.  To paraphrase an old pastoral saying “A family without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs – jolted by every bump in the road.”  This Christmas give your family the gift of humor.  It’s free, it lasts the whole year, and it will be just what they wanted!

Here’s what’s happening…

1.      We are collecting winter coats to donate to CVCCS.  Collection runs throughout December.  Boxes to place your donations in are in the side stairwell leading to the lower level of the church.

2.     12/23 – The Christian Adventure Class is hosting a special kids Christmas program during both Sunday School and Worship Service in the fellowship hall.

3.      12/24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 6 pm.

4.     12/30 – Jesse North, Area Director for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, will give the message.

5.      1/27 – Annual Congregational Meeting

6.     Winter weather has set in.  If we need to make a change to our schedule, we will do so through the phone and email chains, on our Facebook page and website, through smoke signals, by carrier pigeon and through the pony express.  I am hoping to NEVER have to do this…but all the weather  folks are saying that we are in for a very “wintry” winter, so we will see.

 This week we begin our Christmas sermon series, titled “Three Wise Women.”  Our wise woman for this Sunday is Rahab, or as she is almost always called in the Bible, Rahab the Prostitute.  If you know of someone who is struggling with guilt or shame over their sin and think that God couldn’t possibly love them, this is the week to invite them to join us at Ebenezer!