BEST of PONDER on THIS for Thursday, August 30th, 2007 by Alan Cohen in DARE TO BE YOURSELF

“People who laugh a lot live longer, but more important they live better. What is the use of living if you can’t enjoy yourself while you are here? Laughter is a gift from God. I know that God has a great sense of humor. I’ll be He laughs at most of the renditions of his son as a painfully serious teacher. One who knows God knows laughter. Some people criticize humor as irreverent. Humor is very reverent; it is, in fact, a very high form of prayer. If there were more laughter in churches, there would be more people in churches. I know several ministers who are very humorous teachers, and their congregations are among the largest.

People do not want to be taught that life is a downer. Many of us have been taught that lesson for most of our life, and the ensuing burden has worked against our enlightenment. Perhaps we are ready now for a new lesson. Perhaps we are ready to learn that gaiety is an intrinsic ingredient of health and success. Perhaps we are ready to let go of the heaviness with which we have associated the spiritual path, and see it through new eyes.

Wouldn’t it be a riot if we got to Heaven and there we found God laughing?”

Alan Cohen, in “Dare to Be Yourself”

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