Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”

And there's plenty to laugh about if we take a pause from the drama of the day-to-day and take a look around.

Blogger JoHannah Reardon says there's evidence of God's sense of humor all around us — otters, dolphins, penguins. And in the Bible, she writes, we find amusing verses, like Hebrews 11:12, “Therefore there was born even of [Abraham], and him as good as dead at that, as many descendants as the stars in heaven.”

When I need a good laugh, I always turn to the Song of Solomon. You'll see why here.

Anyway, we asked our panelists about this.

VIEWPOINTS: How important is having a sense of humor to your faith? Does your creator have a sense of humor?

Responses to this Viewpoint

I need to be able to laugh

Joe Niemiec |

Whenever I wonder if there is a sense of humor in the world I look at all the beauty we find and are inspired by in the natural world, and then how hard we work to change it. Think of the lowly dandelions in our yard, those beautiful puff balls of seeds that float so beautifully on a summer breeze.

God’s humor

Amy Rice |

Have you ever pondered the wide variety of creatures on this earth? Everything from dogs and cats (whose antics often produce laughter) to zebras, giraffes, platypuses, and some pretty spectacular (and amusing) sea creatures.

1 Comment

  1. Alice_Wondering

    I’ve heard it said that imagination was given to us to compensate for what we are not, and a sense of humor given by the Great One to us to console us for what we are. Be that as it may, good humor, I think, acts like a restorative and stimulant for mind and body. It acts like an antidote for anxiety and depression; it most definitely attracts and keeps good friends around, and it lightens our burdens—whatever they are. It is, I suspect, a direct route to serenity and contentment.

    You can call it “emotional chaos remembered in tranquillity,” if you like. Some say it is a universal language, as all of us humans in every land employ it, but however you define it, it truly is a serious thing. As it is certainly is one of our greatest natural resources that has resided in us stretching all the way back to the dawn of memory, and, I believe, must be preserved whatever the cost.

    Ya, think? :)

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