We go through times in our lives when we are laughing, often.
Other times we do not.
It is a sin to allow yourself to live life without laughter.
There are, of course, many types of laughter. Cataloging them is not the mission of this church, but there are many ways to learn how to laugh.
Have you ever, in a moment of joy, ever burst out with a guttural and deep, irrepressible long laugh? A deep celebration of how improbable what you are experiencing? Upon an epiphany, have you laughed as a castaway whose boat finally reaches shore, with civilization in sight?
Have you laughed recently as you once did as a child – full of wonder? We say – but children don’t understand the world yet, and everything is new. That is an evasion. The world remains infinite. We have learned some things, but understand the same amount of the world as the day we were born, relative to its infinite depth, none at all. But we gave up the fresh laughter of discovery.
Are you laughing like that? Often?
If you aren’t then maybe you have potential to chart higher in the curve.