Often the most dedicated Christians are rather dour. The only thing that I can come up with is that we take ourselves too seriously, centering on our own disciplines of fasting, prayer, reading, etc and not on God’s work in us. In other words, we can all slip into an egocentric spirituality and not a God centered spirituality. Unknowingly, we become the centre of our reality, not God. This is a big, OOPS situation because laughter is an integral part of who we are.
Christians have managed to transform God into a stern task master when in fact the joy of the Lord is repeated hundreds of times in the Bible.
It is interesting to note that truly holy people usually have a marvelous sense of humour. When my husband first visited a Trappist monastery about 30 years ago, it was the sound of loud, infectious, belly laughter echoing throughout the Abby that stuck with him
Thomas Merton,(an American Trappist Monk) was once asked,
“How can you tell if a person has gone through inner, spiritual transformation?
“Well it is very difficult to tell but holiness is usually accompanied by a wonderful sense of humour.”
This is a call to let go, quit trying to advance on our own and just laugh at our ridiculous attempts to save our selves. I mean what did Jesus die for if not to save, heal, set us free to be who we were created to be- simply joyful children of God, no more and no less. Little children get it, do you?