Seeing Deeper…Looking Beyond – Thursday 30th July

Jesus laughed


“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Proverbs 17.22

I wonder what makes you laugh? I have lots of things, old episodes of Only Fools and Horses, comedians like Peter Kay, Jim (husband) and me dancing – we are no Fred and Ginger!

It is good to laugh as the Proverb says: “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

One of my favourite pictures of Jesus is called The Laughing Jesus. I love this picture. I love the expression on his face in this image. Head thrown back, mouth open, eyes sparkling. There’s no record of Jesus laughing in the gospels, but I can’t believe he didn’t.

He spent many a time eating and drinking with people, His first miracle was at a wedding. Children were attracted to him. I can’t believe that there wasn’t laughter on those occasions. He was fully God and fully man. Laughter is part of our human experience, therefore we can assume Jesus did the same.

At the moment it doesn’t feel there is a lot to laugh about. And obviously, it’s right that we are sad and saddened by the difficult things we see around us. There are times when we need to weep, but there is a time for laughter too as we are reminded in Ecclesiastes.

Maybe today, you might want to reflect on this picture of Jesus and what that says to you? And maybe you don’t feel much like smiling today, let alone laughing, but I pray as you look at this picture you may begin to experience the joy of Christ.

I thought I would end this reflection with a joke by Tim Vine.

I bought a train ticket and the driver said “Eurostar?” I said “Well I’ve been on telly, but I’m no Dean Martin? Still, at least it’s comfortable on Eurostar, it’s murder on the Orient Express.”

Sam Nicholson
Associate Hub Leader
(Town Centre Hub)