Dave and I went out to an open microphone night at the local coffee house that our son works at. It was fun. We laughed. We chatted, we laughed some more. Sometimes life seems too routine; life is so filled with work and struggle we can forget what it is to laugh – to have fun – to be young. The reality of it is – it is a lot easier to have fun when the cash flows. When you have bills to pay and responsibilities, you just can’t go out and feel responsible if you spend money on frivolous activities. Or can you?
Life is life. Sometimes you have to look life in the face and say, “You can’t beat us! We will remember an easier time!” Dave and I used to laugh – we used to have so much fun. Our home was known as a place of laughter – from games and bonfires, to sleepovers and movie nights, we had fun. With our kids, with college kids, with friends and other families, we laughed and laughed some more.
It is a religious facade people wear when they to lose the appearance of fun in life. It is a lack of grace to forget how to laugh at ourselves when times get rough or we act stupid. Somehow being “holy” means you forget how to laugh, eat, drink, and be merry. Really? Jesus turned the water into wine at the wedding of Cana and saved the best until others were, “well drunk.” Hmm. Were they having fun at that wedding? Maybe partying a bit in the joy of the glorious event that a marriage feast is supposed to be? I am not advocating drunkenness, but joy. Joy in the moment. Joy in the event. Joy in life despite the odds. Celebrating the good things in life. Celebrating love.Celebrating our Lover who changed water into wine.
People are hurting all over the country tonight – all over the world. Even in my own family hearts are breaking as I write. The poor will always be with us, the weak, the despised, the downtrodden, the hurt and the lonely. Always. We need to remember that we will sit down at a wedding feast some day with our Beloved. We need to remember to toast that today while we still breathe in this mortal reality we are maintain! We need to live fully while we are alive.
I love my husband, I love my kids. Life is hard but life is good. We know how to have fun. We just need to remind ourselves sometimes despite the odds, it’s OK and life is good.
It is Saturday night and my dance partner is waiting for me with a great twinkle in his deep blue eyes. It is great to be reminded that Saturday night is for dancing. Saturday night belongs to my beloved and he is mine.
II Sam. 6:14 “Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might…”