God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Friday, April 1, 2011

Can you Laugh During Lent?

Lent with the Lord's Prayer

So it’s the middle of lent. As people greeted me Wednesday night after our Lenten service they said, it’s nice to hear a message of hope during lent.  The power of our message as Christians is hope.  So why is Lent a time when the church gets depressed. Today, a day we often play jokes on each other, can you spend time in hope and laughter.

1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them."
3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.
4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb.
5 May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
6 Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves. Psalm 126:1-6

"Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Luke 6:21

St. Francis of Assisi advised many years ago: "Leave sadness to the devil. The devil has reason to be sad." And G.K. Chesterton wrote: "Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly!” So, let's fly around with the angels for a moment laughing.

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