Building community - Clowning and magic

Building community - Clowning and magic

Laughter as a Means of Grace by John de Gruchy

‘God’s foolishness is wiser than man’s wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.’ (I Corinthians 1:18-15)

Every long journey begins with shoes way too big!

Imagine walking in shoes three times the size of your foot! What does this experience teach you about the challenge of following Jesus? Has he not left us with shoes that will take a life time to grow into? And so we stumble and fall along the difficult journey of discipleship. But Jesus blesses the 'poor in spirit', those that can laugh at themselves and take themselves less seriously. He does not look for perfection but humility.

Henri Nouwen on Clowning

I met many holy men and women
offering their lives to others with a disarming generosity.
And slowly, I realized that in the great circus of … [Cape Town!],
full of lion tamers and trapeze artists
whose dazzling feats claim our attention,
the real story and true story was told by the clowns.
 
Clowns are not in the centre of the events.
They appear between the great acts, fumble and fall,
and make us smile again after the tensions created by the heroes
we came to admire.