And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear me may laugh with me. Gen. 21:6
Such a solemn story in a way. After all it describes our forefather in the faith, from whom we are all descended. Haven't we seen portraits of Abraham visited by the angels? It was a wonderful moment. The angels told Abraham he would have descendants beyond numbering.
But I don't think of organ music and solemn assemblies in churches as I read this wonderful story. Our forefather Isaac was child to parents who were certain they would never have children. After all Abraham was ninety nine, and Sarah in her nineties. Yet, three angels visited them and told them they would, indeed, have a son. We are all familiar with the story and that Isaac's name means laughter.
Abraham is said to laugh in the Bible, over his son. Sarah, inside the tent laughed too, though she fearfully denied it. How human they seem, as you read this. Let's remember how it all began. Our progenitors could laugh, and did. Though there is so much sorrow associated with our faith, let us remember it began with laughter by the people whom God blessed.