everyone who hears will laugh with me.” (Genesis 21:6 NRS)
“Sarah & Isaac” by Neal Parrow
Sarah proclaims that those who hear of this miracle by God will laugh with her. The grace of God is extended to others, even if they are only sharing in our joy. God gives us many opportunities to laugh, in scripture, in community, and in fellowship. Our sense of humor is a gift that enables us to cope with hardship, setbacks, and the ironies of this life. We can share our laughter, just as we share our lives and our gifts. We can use laughter to relieve our stress, to blow off steam, to create fun experiences with others. God doesn’t just bless those who laugh, as he did Sarah. God blesses laughter. When it is done right, laughter is something to find joy in and celebrate. Even Sarah’s child is named for righteous laughter; Isaac means “he laughs.”
So let us live and laugh. Let us remember that God offers us a life full of all kinds of experiences. We have been graced with laughter to cope with the bad and celebrate the good.
You created humankind,
And endowed us with the gift of laughter.
Help us to realize your grace in our sense of humor.
Keep us from using it to hurt others.
May our laughter be a sign of your goodness,
A mark of the joy we find in you.
Bless our lives with the wild laughter of children,
And the laughter borne of fellowship with others.