Sunday, October 28, 2012

Laughter is Eternity if Joy is Real

When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
then were we like those who dream.
Then was our mouth filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy.
(Psalm 126:1-2)

The beginning of the Psalm 126 has me thinking about this advertisement for Volkswagon:

And of the U2 song, Get on Your Boots, which contains these lines:
Free me from the dark dream
Candy bars, ice cream
All the kids are screaming but the ghosts aren't real
Here's what you gotta be
Love and community
Laughter is eternity if the joy is real


We have a basic choice:
To live rooted in fear
To live rooted in delight.
Why one or the other?

Jesus said, "I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete." (John 15:11)
If what Jesus says is true, not just here but all that he said and all that he did, and if what the Church has understood him to have accomplished,  then our mouths should be filled with laughter, and our tongues with shouts of joy.

Laughter is eternity because joy is real.
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Anonymous said...

When I read this I thought of your post here so I thought I'd share...on-air response to a 16 year old girl:

And it sounds like something U2/Bono would say

Matt Gunter said...

Thanks, Anon. That is a good and grace-filled response.