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Laughter as grace

 

I really like this quote from Samir Selmanovic:

"Laughter is one of the ways we cope with the discrepancies of our lives. There is a dream we all have for this world, and then there is, well, this world. There are expectations we have of our religions, and then there are our religions ... Our capacity to love God, ourselves, people and all of life grows with our capacity to laugh. We are ridiculous, and not to laugh at our religions, our worldviews, and our philosophies (that is, ourselves) would be a false witness ... This ability to laugh in the midst of our imperfections in the presence of God is what we call grace."

Especially that last sentence. When, as often happens, I do or say something that would normally send me into a tail-spin of exasperation and shame, just occasionally I find myself laughing instead. And in that moment I am convinced that this is also God's laughter, and it is a freeing thing. 

G.K.Chesterton said something similar: "It is a test of a good religion whether you can joke about it." And maybe it's a test of a good faith whether we can laugh as we fall over, yet again.

Samir Selmanovic's book is called "It's really all about God: how Islam, Atheism and Judaism made me a better Christian". 

 

I really like this quote from Samir Selmanovic:

"Laughter is one of the ways we cope with the discrepancies of our lives. There is a dream we all have for this world, and then there is, well, this world. There are expectations we have of our religions, and then there are our religions ... Our capacity to love God, ourselves, people and all of life grows with our capacity to laugh. We are ridiculous, and not to laugh at our religions, our worldviews, and our philosophies (that is, ourselves) would be a false witness ... This ability to laugh in the midst of our imperfections in the presence of God is what we call grace."

Especially that last sentence. When, as often happens, I do or say something that would normally send me into a spin of exasperation and shame, just occasionally I find myself laughing instead. And in that moment I am convinced that this is also God's laughter, and it is a freeing thing. 

G.K.Chesterton said something similar: "It is a test of a good religion whether you can joke about it." And maybe it's a test of a good faith whether we can laugh as we fall over, yet again.

Samir Selmanovic's book is called "It's really all about God: how Islam, Atheism and Judaism made me a better Christian". 

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