You know that verse from the Bible – “Rejoice in the Lord always…” Philippians 4:4.
I have to say there are days I have a hard time “rejoicing” – in the Lord, or in anything else for that matter. But I am reading Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and there is a section in the book where an old monk/priest has given instructions. Some think of him as a saint; others think he is actually the Satan. But one of the things old Father Zossima encourages us to do is ask God for laughter.
This is not an attempt to escape the problems of the world or the pain of our lives. It is only to say that even as pain and disappointment are an inevitable part of life, joy is a gift from God and it is worth asking for it every now and then.
I hope there is something in your day today that will cause you to chuckle, giggle, or burst out with a hearty laugh from deep down. There is no denying the suffering in the human family; but remember to be on the make for the gift of joy. Receive it and share it with others.
A blessed Tuesday.