Jill Baker, the vice president of the Methodist church, urged us all at Methodist conference to reclaim both laughter and lament as tools for our mission. To look at all that is happening in our world and nation, and grieve for people and events; to not gloss over the pain or sweep aside the horror, but to look it squarely in the eye and weep, mourn. But also to remember that in the midst of awfulness there can still be found beauty, love and joy, for even in the darkest of corners God is present. People do not need platitudes or easy answers but an incarnational presence; as the hymn reminds us 'I will weep when you are weeping, when you laugh I'll laugh with you.'
So may we remember in all things the power of laughter and lamentation, for in their midst is truth, beauty and love, and, as we laugh and lament, Christ is truly present.
This is an extract from Helen's introduction to the latest LINK magazine. For the full story, click here.