And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. (Luke 24:52 NRSV)

Matthew says, "Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them."

Through the centuries there have been far too many Christians who have felt that their primary calling in life was that of rebuking somebody. There have been too many who have felt that God wanted them to look around to see if anybody was having any fun, so they could put a stop to it.

A priest once said to Groucho Marx: "Oh, Mr. Marx, I want to thank you for bringing so much joy into the world." To which Groucho, always quick on the uptake replied, rather ungraciously, I think, "I want to thank you for taking so much out." He was ungracious, but he had a point. A lot of religious folk seem bent on bringing their wet blankets to every party.

May we do a lot less of rebuking and a lot more sharing of the joy we have in Christ Jesus.


Loving God, help me do a better job of sharing the joy that I have in Jesus Christ. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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