In her book “A Gift For God” Mother Teresa wrote:
Some people come to Calcutta, and before leaving, they begged me: “Tell us something that will help us to live our lives better. And I said: ‘Smile at each other; smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other – it doesn’t matter who it is – and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other.’ And then one of them asked me: ‘Are you married?’ and I said: ‘Yes, and I find it difficult to smile at Jesus.’ And it is true, Jesus can be very demanding also, and it is at these times when He is so demanding that to give Him a big smile is very beautiful.
Albemarle Road Presbyterian Church is where a lot of smiling/laughter happens. However, at times (even though I am a pastor), I look as if I had been baptized in pickle juice! How grateful I am that there are sisters and brothers in Christ in this place who remind me to smile and bring a smile to my face. Yes – I believe it is that simple. Smile – for Jesus’ gift to us is joy – the gift of shalom that assures us that there is a lot to smile about!
Grace, Peace and Joy!