A German Shepherd, Doberman and a cat have entered heaven.
All three are faced with God who wants to know what they believe in.
The German shepherd says: "I believe in discipline training and loyalty to my master."
"Good," says God. "Then sit down on my right side. Doberman, what do you believe in?"
The Doberman answers: "I believe in the love, care and protection of my master."
Ah," said God. "You may sit to my left."
Then he looks at the cat and asks, "And what do you believe in?"
The cat answers: "I believe you're sitting in my seat."
Laughter is so good for the spirit, that involuntary escape of joy creates warmth and actually triggers the release of endorphins, the body's natural feel-good chemicals. We certainly all need some of that!
C. S Lewis talked about ‘Joy being the laughter of heaven’ a gift from God to us. The ultimate laughter being experienced in the joy of reunion. In his books, whenever the children return to Narnia, there is always great hugging, laughing and noise! It is almost palpable that radiating warmth and great bubbles of excitement surrounding each person as they meet a friend or loved one again, after a prolonged separation. We see this now as people previously isolated begin slowly meeting up again in our churches, pubs, green spaces and gardens - mostly without the hugging and kissing- but still with eyes lit up, huge smiles and bubbling bursts of laughter!
Imagine what that ultimate joyous reunion in heaven will be like!
In this continued time of uncertainty, may there be bubbles upon bubbles of joy in your reunions physical or virtual.
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Revd Nikki Mann
Nikki is the Priest in Charge of the Raddesley Benefice (which consists of 6 churches) in Cambridgeshire