Personally, I like the idea of God laughing as a sign of his love.
by Cindy Costello, executive director
Every family has ways of showing love and affection. Growing up, my family would not have been considered affectionate or demonstrative by word or deed. At best, we were hearty-handshake type folks. We showed love and affection not through words or hugs, but through laughter. Frequently we were laughing at ourselves and sharing our vulnerabilities, fears and triumphs in humorous renderings of the stories of our days and lives. Laughter remains my go-to for all manner for being and coping in this world.
Throughout this month I have had a number of my plans seemingly thrown to the wind and either changed to the point of being barely recognizable to cancelled altogether. I will admit that this causes me some real stress and anxiety. As a result of these jettisoned and rewritten plans, I have been thinking about the saying, “We plan and God laughs.” It’s not that God loves to throw monkey wrenches, He just knows and we just try the best we can. Personally, I like the idea of God laughing as a sign of his love.
I think my antics must give him a good chuckle, if not an outright belly laugh, and many times I wonder if He is smiling and shaking his Head … again. In my imagination I think God and the angels may have a tape of outtakes of some of the silliest things I have done in my life. While I don’t want to overly personify God, it just seems like such a great way of picturing his steadfast love and understanding of my foibles and bumbling attempts to traverse the world. He laughs and He shares his love and joy in my humanness–the very parts of me that I frequently want to disown or cause me the most angst. God loves those too!
He never thinks to scold or shame me. He just loves me. All of me. The imperfect, angry, remorseful, guilty and unloving parts too. Sometimes He shares his love through the glory of a beautiful fall day, an especially beautiful song brought by a group of 72 young women in a Kairos retreat or the silly tricks of my puppy. Other days I can feel his gentle laughter rumble through my Heart as He says to even me, “This is my child and I am well pleased.”
St. Vincent says this of God’s love: “Consider the goodness of the divine Benefactor who wills that you call Him by the sweet name “Father.” Rejoice because God is your Father through creation, providence and grace. If you wish to be ready to receive many favors from the Heavenly treasury, remember that your Heavenly Father is infinitely good; therefore, He wants to help you, with infinite love. He is infinitely wise; therefore, He knows all your needs. He is infinitely powerful; therefore, there is nothing you need that He cannot provide.
He is Love. We are loved.
How do you imagine God shares joy and love with you?