A great test of sanity is the ability to laugh gently at ourselves. The danger of taking ourselves and our particular religious vision too seriously is very real. After all, I come from the tradition responsible for the Inquisition. Talk about a group of people who lacked a sense of humor! I believe laughter can provide a moment of grace that frees us to see ourselves as we are. We’ll never be perfect—not as the heavenly Father is perfect. But if we can break up laughing we may better avoid breaking down in despair, or cracking up from our own rigidity.
This message is adapted from “What’s So Funny about Church?” written by Tom McGrath in the April 1992 issue of Lutheran Woman Today (now Gather) magazine.