Rev. Diane Weible
Not too long ago my sister was the first one to point out to me that Lent begins on Valentine’s Day and ends on April Fool’s Day—Two secular holidays that bookend the season of Lent.
As I thought more and more about it I thought about Love and Laughter. God’s amazing love for us is the reason we even remember the season of Lent and God’s laughter is what carries us through. After all, God has a sense of humor and it is God’s sense of humor that not only keeps us from taking ourselves too seriously, it keeps us from becoming so overwhelmed in the work before us that we become paralyzed and unable to move.
If we remember nothing else on our journey of discipleship, we must always remember that God loves us. God loves us so much that nothing else is too big or too overwhelming that it cannot face it head on. God’s love for us is the gift we receive at Easter and God’s love for us is also the strength and power that will accompany us on this journey of Lent.
And then there is laughter. Whenever I start to take life too seriously, a dear friend reminds me to laugh. I used to get so frustrated whenever my rant about the craziness of world events was greeted with, “Diane, you have to laugh!” And, then, finally, I got it. Laughing at the craziness of the world does not mean that I don’t take it seriously. In fact, the big crazy stuff like injustice, racism, white supremacy and abuse are so serious and demand so much of our energy and attention that we will never be able to continue the journey until we are able to laugh. Laughter gives us perspective and strength to keep us going even when emotions like anger and pain and despair threaten to get the best of us.
Love and Laughter.. Yes, Lent is meant to be a time of reflection and a journey towards deeper faith. And, yes, that journey will mean even more when it is framed in love and laughter. So, as we deepen our faith and bravely face the heaviness of the work that is before us, let us always remember to love much and laugh often.