I've been thinking about songs that made me laugh in the 60s and 70s. Roger Miller's songs (You Can't Go Rollerskating in a Buffalo Herd, I'm a Nut, Do Wacka Do, Dang Me, Robin Hood and Little John, and more), John Denver's song (Thank God I'm a Country Boy), Statler Brothers (Hello Mary Lou, Do We Remember These) just to name a few.
Some would say those days were more innocent times. I beg to differ. Quite the contrary. People knew the need for laughter, valued wholesome humor. Most either had a family member that had served in WWI, WWII, Korea, or Vietnam. Loss, fear of loss, PTSD (otherwise better known then as shell-shocked) weren't innocent realities. Yet, the wisdom of the people was clear. Life must have joy, laughter, childlike recognition of the unexpected. So funny historical, animated films like Disney's Robin Hood and Little John were popular.
Holy Thursday is a week away. I ponder of a Jesus that lived a full life, full of family life, with close exclusive friends, full of normal daily activity both challenging & productive either as a carpenter or as a Rabbi, with exposure to children & their joy, of everyday people moving thru life some happy & others miserable. Why is this important, some may ask?
God created us in His image. Giving us traits reflective of His Own. Who can be around children and frown for very long? Be too serious for very long? Remember Jesus wanted the children brought to Him. I bet time with the children was a joyous stress relief for Jesus. We all know children love to entertain a person they like and gain the approval through laughter and happiness.
It was recorded that Jesus wept and He got angry. Scripture really doesn't recorded that He laughed, why? I think it's because Jesus rarely expressed negative emotion. Jesus' negative reactions were more exclamation points of a normal human experience. Jesus' personality (charisma), which had to include smiling and laughter, was one reason why people were drawn to Him.
I long for the day to hear Jesus laugh, see Him smile. What a cool moment that will be.
Music from Frank Sinatra, with High Hopes.
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