To borrow from Madeleine L’Engle, isn’t this a wonderful phrase — “the salvific power of joyful laughter”? I’m sure you’ve experienced those times when a bad mood or circumstance is transformed by a good bout of laughter. If you’re anything like me, it’s much easier to be worried, to be skeptical, and to shy away from the vulnerable fun parts of life. It feels safer to lock my heart away from joy, from laughing. But this is a mistake. It’s a risk, no doubt, to laugh, to not take my every action so seriously, to let go of my demands, my hurt feelings. As George McDonald said, “It is the Heart that is not yet sure of its God that is afraid to laugh in His presence.” Trying to control our lives too seriously is to deny the boundless love of God. My emotions may run contrary to this loving joy, but they also run false. Sometimes allowing a good bought of laughter is also taking a good step of faith.