by Nick Andrea
Our monthly theme for May is: “Laughter – When is laughter a spiritual discipline?” Psalm 126:2 says, “Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’” In Unitarian Universalism (UU) many people reject the notion of a God doing great things for them, let alone, doing anything for them. As humanists we tend to cite our own efforts as the locus of our success or failure.
So, what does it mean to feel for the Lord to have done a great thing for me, in a UU context? Today, I went for a walk. I was struck by the leaves and flower buds beginning to emerge on the trees. They were so delicate and vibrant, drinking up the sun. I couldn’t help but to feel that the very emergence of these buds – the intelligence of Nature at work – was a miracle. And, to notice and name that miracle was a spiritual experience for me. I do think the Lord hath done a great thing for me by bringing me past those trees, hallelujah! And I laughed.
We may reject the guy-in-the-sky notion of God, reminiscent of that which is painted on the roof of the Sistine Chapel. Does that mean there is not an greater intelligence at work within us, posing as us, conspiring to bless us all the time?
The youth will be wrapping up their church year this month with one Popcorn Theology lesson and some polyrhythmic drumming. The Popcorn Theology lesson is, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” in which we will examine the paradox of striving for happiness – does happiness come from getting everything we want or being content with what we have? The drumming will be a session where I get to share something that brings me joy.
I hope you see the miracle all around you today, friend, and laugh for it. :)