Ok…so I have begun to notice how focused in American culture and in our Churches on always being happy. One of my friends has called this the “cult of nice.” For a quick definition it is the cult of cheery, and too happy people you meet on Sunday mornings or at other church gatherings. Where when asked “How are you?” Any response besides a “Fine, or Good, How are you?” is met with a strange stare.
Why the strange stare? Why do we not allow people to be present as they are in church? Surely God’s grace is big enough for that. Even Jesus had moments less than happy moments that shapes his ministry. I seem to remember a prayer in a certain garden where Jesus really had to share some emotions with God.
My call here is this…let people experience themselves and don’t push them to have to act happy. I personally love the image of Jesus laughing and have it on my wall, but sometimes when I am down and out I like to imagine a Melancholy Jesus. A Jesus who had a moment when life just was. Perhaps it will be in one of those moments that we hear God all the more clearly.