Many years ago, when our kids were younger and still at home and we had family meals, we would get to talking about this or that. Sometimes we would veer off onto a subject from the news that made everyone sad or upset so to get everyone back on the happy track one of us would blurt out, “and we laughed!” And we did! Because life is like that, one moment there are sad and unhappy events, but we always have to look on the bright side of things and remember to laugh!
Living your faith with true joy means doing the same! We need to remember to laugh when the devil is trying to scare us into being paranoid, or into thinking God is not here with us. He loves to sow doubt and fear in our lives. But if we remember to laugh, it reminds us that our faith is about spreading the Good News, not the Sad News, not the Bad News, but the Good News!
My family has expanded now to include two son-in-laws and a daughter-in-law and a grandbaby on the way and it’s easy to watch the news and be frightened of the bad things in the world. What will my kids do about this war or that evil? What will happen to our grandchildren as they grow up?
But having faith gives us an edge, or a cheat sheet to life. We know that in the end, God has us all in His Hands. We know that if we stay faithful to Him, nothing on this earth can keep us from him. I agree with St. Paul who says in Romans, Chapter 8: “ I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
So live your faith with joy!