Laughter is so good for us!

Smilely faceHoly Humor Sunday has become somewhat of a tradition in our church.

Tracy introduced the concept which traces to the middle ages and was a natural response to the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

The Sunday after Easter is typically referred to as "low Sunday" throughout the centuries due to the massive drop in attendance compared to Easter.

After having heard the good news of the risen Lord, how could people stay away from the church the next Sunday?

Susan, who is my wife and a Professor of Psychology at Georgetown College, coincidentally is teaching a class about the psychology of humor today.

In a discussion last night, she remarked that, "humor is about the unexpected," and that humor is processed in many different areas in the brain, partially explaining why people find different things to be funny.

What could have more unexpected than the resurrection and while this may not have generated hysterical laughter, perhaps we can see where it created joyous laughter.

We get a little silly at times on Holy Humor Sunday, but it is all in good fun and meant to point to the day of resurrection where more than one person must have said, "You're kidding me."

Moving to the deeper places,

Rev. Jeff Bell

Baptized at First Christian Church, Corbin, Kentucky. Ordained June 1983 by First Christian, Somerset and the Christian Church in Kentucky at Salvisa Christian Church. Jeff has been senior minister of FCC since 1999. He served churches in Salvisa, Wendell, North Carolina and Fort Thomas, Kentucky following his graduation from Lexington Theological Seminary. Jeff believes the church should be connected to the community, acutely aware of the needs of the neighborhood and acquainted with its people. Further, he believes all Christians are one in Christ.