Jesus laughed

Just got back from a lovely retreat, at the beautiful Shepherd’s Dene in Northumberland, with the marvellous John Bell of the Iona Community and Wild Goose productions. It was really educational and serious at times, but also a really good laugh. Amongst other wonderful teaching, he pointed out that we have a really serious image of Jesus, that doesn’t reflect him having a good sense of humour, and really enjoying life. I thought this was a really good point. He is supposed to bring joy not sadness! As he was fully human and conversant with the scriptures of the Old Testament, he would have known Ecclesiastes 3: v 1-8 “A Time for Everything”.. also quoted in Footloose! (if you are a child of the 70’s like me!)

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace.

Below is link to a cheesy version of The Summons.. one of John’s amazingly simple tunes with a haunting celtic melody

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