For those of you who were disappointed yesterday not to see a photo of a Methodist minister (Jackie) in a gnome’s hat, here it is! Just after I had posted yesterday’s blog to the website the photo came through!
I love the fact that we can laugh at ourselves – or at Jackie and Jill! Of course, much of life is serious and we need to respect those moments when laughter is inappropriate. I feel pretty sure that Jesus had a wonderful sense of humour, but always kind and gentle and respectful. I imagine him often with a twinkle in his eye, a wry smile, sometimes playing on words. Of course he wept, too, as we must surely weep, at the way the world was and is.
When I was selected to be President of MWiB in February 2014 one of my children said to me, most seriously, “Mum, how do you think they will cope with your quirky sense of humour?”
As a teenager I always thought that Nana Mouskouri had penned the words ‘a time to laugh, a time to weep’, but of course the writer of Ecclesiastes got there a few years earlier, when writing ‘to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven’.
Now, how did I get here from gnome hats?