When God Laughed

“. . . we need the laughter of God to prevent us from taking the world too seriously, the world of cerebral head trips played in dead earnest, the game of one-upmanship escalated to mortal combat, the illusions of self-importance.”~~Brennan Manning

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Good morning. It’s pre-Friday, December 11, 2014. Oh, man. Only two weeks until Christmas! That sounds shorter than 14 days, doesn’t it?

Did you know that there was a man who was in Hiroshima on business, when it was bombed, and survived, and then went home to Nagasaki, which also got bombed, and survived that one, too? His name was Tsutomu Yamaguchi. He was the only survivor of both bombings. Mr. Yamaguchi passed away on January 4, 2010, at the age of 93.

Today is International Mountain Day.

What?

Oh. Not that Mountain?

Oh, okay.

grand tetons

Well, we woke up twenty minutes late this morning, because, somehow, Christi’s alarm got turned down. I blame cats.

Yesterday was a pretty good day. We only got around 100 boxes in for receiving. Unfortunately, since we had such a light day, the network systems decided to glitch up all day. We all wound up going home early (although I still got in eight hours because I went in early), because one of the essential tools completely crashed around 3:30 PM, yesterday. We didn’t have a whole lot left, though, so hopefully, they got everything back to working properly.

Christi has Huddle meeting tonight.

Jon Lester went to the Cubs. The Red Sox traded for a pitcher from the Diamondbacks, named Wade Miley. If he twerks, I may never watch baseball again. As expected, Jon-boy and the Rangers have done absolutely nothing during the Winter Meetings.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

(From The Divine Hours)

Second Week of Advent

Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!
Psalm 96:9
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah.
Psalm 67:1
Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous rules.
Psalm 119:164
May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you.
Psalm 25:20
Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers!
For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.
Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!

Psalm 37:1-7
The Cry of the Church
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me.
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, have mercy upon me.
O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world, grant me your peace.
The Prayer Appointed for the Week
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare
the way for our salvation: Grant us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins,
that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Today’s reading in Reflections for Ragamuffins is “The Last Laugh.”

The name Isaac means “laughter.” Abraham and Sarah had pretty much given up on ever having that promised child, because of their age. when the angel told Abraham that Sarah would become pregnant soon, she over heard, and “laughed in disbelief.” We all know that God had “the last laugh. A son was born to them in their old age, and the mirthless laugh of despair turned into the Father’s laughter of love.”

As the promised son to Abraham, Isaac was a “prophetic foreshadowing” of Jesus. “Jesus is God’s final laughter. Laughter is the celebration of incongruity, dissonance, lack of harmony. Nothing could be more incongruous in the Hebrew tradition than a virgin having a baby.”

When we experience Christmas, we are enabled to “see beyond the tragic in our lives.” It reminds us “that we need the laughter of God to prevent us from taking the world too seriously, the world of cerebral head trips played in dead earnest, the game of one-upmanship escalated to mortal combat, the illusions of self-importance.”

“God’s laughter is his loving act of salvation begun in Bethlehem.”

Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”

Psalm 126:2

Father, I pray to know this laughter today. When things threaten my peace, let me hear your laughter. When I get to feeling that I’m too important, let me hear your laughter. when I get annoyed at anything or anyone, let me hear your laughter. Let the laughter of the virgin birth of Bethlehem fill my soul today, and may I truly know the joy of Christmas during the rest of this year (for that matter, all year ’round).

I pray for this day, that our travel to work will be safe and smooth. I pray for our work day to go well. I pray that Stephanie will experience your great love and compassion today, and that you would relieve the pain of her cramps. I also pray for comfort for her heart as she remembers her PawPaw who passed away six years ago this Saturday. May your joy and laughter fill her soul, as well.

Let God have the last laugh in your life today.

Grace and peace, friends.

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