BigRead13 Day 3

The #BigRead13 Day 2

You can find Day 2’s post from the #BigRead13 here.

Today’s Bible except is Psalm 126:2:

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.”

We are challenged to thank God for laughter, and to remember that with joy comes responsibility for justice.

I had to ponder for a while the link between these two prayers – joy comes with responsibility for justice? How so? Just because the Magician’s Nephew extract we’re offered today said so?

No, I think there’s more to it than that. We laugh becuase we are free.  Yes, I had a very long, very tough day at work with many unplanned stresses and strains.  But in amongst it, there was laughter – occasional jokes with colleagues, catching the gentle humour of an episode of Great British Railway Journeys on the train, smiling with my son on the way to nursery.

If we weren’t free, perhaps that time for laughter and smiles wouldn’t have been there? A life of penal servitude where pausing for a joke would get you beaten? Life in the slums where the ready sources of entertainment we’re used to are beyond their wildest dreams? Life in a refugee camp wondering whether my family would live another day?  Ah yes, our ability to have humour in our lives is enhanced by our freedom, and we should remember those who are less fortunate.

An Act – but not the one from the site

(sorry, is this aloud?)

Count your blessings AppSo, a slightly different act for today, and not the one on the site.  I’ve downloaded the Christian Aid Count Your Blessings App, and took a look today.

It’s a great resource for, well, counting your blessings. Each day we’re challenged with something from a life in poverty.  Some days we are just asked to pray; or to think; or to do. Some days we’re asked to give – the app tots up those during Lent and then asks you to donate at the end. It fits neatly with my thoughts above – the ability to laugh, freely, comes with freedom – a freedom that many of those featured in this app don’t have.

So, if you’ve got a small corner of your iPhone/iPad/Android phone to spare, why not give it a go?

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