A Harvest of Joy
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us,
and we rejoiced.
Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like the watercourses in the Negeb.
May those who sow in tears
reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
carrying their sheaves.
A harvest of joy! What a wonderful title.
I hope and pray that as we return to worship in the coming weeks, after months of sorrow and loneliness and isolation, that we shall come home filled with joy.
It is a tradition in some churches that the Sunday after Easter is it time for holy hilarity. It is a time to put off the sadness and sorrow of Lent and celebrate the good news of great joy that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. Holy hilarity!
Some might think that church is not a place to laugh. It’s a place to be somber and quiet. But God gave us the ability to laugh, to smile, to be filled with joy.
The Psalmist writes - “Our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with shouts of joy.”
Share a joke. Tell a story that brought you joy.
Let me start.
Why do seagulls fly over the sea?
Because if they flew over the bay they would be bagels (get it? Bay-gulls?)!
Or the story of the pastor who gave a test to her catechism class. One of the questions was this - list the 10 Commandments in any order.
The answer from one student wrote on his paper was this:
Share a joke. Share a smile.
These are gifts from God.
Let us pray: Your great love fills us with great joy. Help us to share your joy today. In Jesus name we pray. Amen