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我没想到我会和约翰·塞纳的密友,但后来我想 Covid-19 已经把我们所有人带到了一些令人惊讶的情况。回到神学院,我的朋友们收集了真人尺寸的纸板切口,就像你在电影院看到的那些。他们会潜入其他朋友的公寓,让他们成为可怕的惊喜,当你在未完成的地下室打开灯。许多切口都是星球大战人物。其中一个是约翰·塞纳,亲摔跤的名声。

“别担心团队。我在隔离期间找到一个人陪我不幸的是,他在厨房里没用。”

当我第一次搬到大黑文的牧师,人们开玩笑说住在一个鱼缸里,我想我会通过借用 John Cena 并不时把他粘在窗户里。我从来没有结束这样做,然后忽略返回约翰,所以他被降级到地下室坐在一个架子上折叠了三年,然后隔离命中。我很感激人们关注我是怎么做的,独自生活在一个大房子里。但他们的关注让我意识到 — 我并不孤单。我有约翰·塞纳。

“请约翰帮我撰写我的研究论文。太糟糕了,他的引用是垃圾。”

于是开始约翰保持我的公司在未来几周的文档。一起做饭,做研究,看电影。他不是在谈话部门,但是 10 月 10 日的听力技巧。

“我们早晨瑜伽与阿德里安娜。约翰在过去山姿势有点麻烦。”

我在六月和七月都没有把 Cena 拉出来,所以我很高兴,几周前计划一个户外洗礼,当时父母问约翰是否可以参加。当然,他很高兴要求。这可以说是目前最好的 #quarantiningwithCena 图片。完成约翰 “抱着” 的婴儿。(在这里,我觉得我应该说,Cena 留在车上的实际洗礼,只有在大多数人离开后才带出来)。我们把洗礼毛巾披在他的肩膀上随后出现了热闹。

洗礼者是不太确定这种情况比 Cena。

当一位 Facebook 朋友评论这篇文章时,“留给劳拉去撒上一些神圣的时刻,” 我回来说,“如果不是最深刻的喜剧,那么圣礼是什么?”我的答复并没有什么意思,但是我越想到它,我就越意识到这是真的。今年夏天我一直在通过 “创世纪” 讲道,还有更多的重复,背叛,和自负的角色,你很难找到。然而,由于一些令人费解的原因,上帝决定继续与他们同行。早些时候,我发现了弗雷德里克·比希纳的这句话,它为该系列提供了很多支柱:“一个好笑话是让你惊讶的笑话 —— 比如上帝的。谁会猜到所有国家的以色列将是上帝挑选的,或者莎拉在九十岁的时候有以撒,或者弥赛亚会变成马槽?谁可能会看到鸭嘴鸭嘴兽或圣西蒙斯蒂利特人或目前占据第一长老会讲坛的角色?在每种情况下,笑的结果是惊讶的喜悦的纯粹意想不到的事情。撒旦的笑话,另一方面,你通常可以发现一英里。一旦蛇滑到亚当和夏娃,几乎任何人都可以告诉他们的笑声将会出现在他们身上。一个像约伯一样无可指责的、正直的、高跟的人必定要在他通过之前把地毯从他下面拔出来。浮士德,是浮士德,肯定会被骗出他的灵魂。等等。在最后的分析中,唯一一个谁得到了很大的踢出撒旦的笑话。然而,随着上帝的,即使是最强硬的愤世嫉俗者和最痛苦的悲观主义者也很难压制偶尔的微笑。当上帝真的走了,甚至早晨的星星爆发唱歌,神的所有儿子都喊欢乐。” 那时,什么是圣礼,但经常重复有史以来最伟大的笑话的打孔线?谁能想象神会要求一个人进入他的家庭,使他们成为王国的继承人,除了他的愿望之外,没有任何理由?那天早上死去的神的儿子停止死去的时候,谁能看见它来临呢?这是一个关于面孔,一定让恶魔在他们的轨道上旋转,而天使们的笑声 “从惊讶的事情的意外感到惊讶”。喜剧 — 特别是站立喜剧 — 是最有趣的,当你可以发现自己在笑话中,当你完全了解真相的时候。隐含在荒谬。我最喜欢的喜剧演员之一是迈克尔·麦金太尔,他将让我在缝线通过简单地描述挂在墙上的钟表和不断缺少钉子的痛苦的磨难。我们都去过那里安全地在这一面,我们可以嘲笑它。是什么让圣礼如此惊人,如此令人惊讶,如此深刻的滑稽,是我们发现自己在笑话,在故事中。在普通的碗和桌子,我们被告知一个真理关于我们自己,我们很难相信 — 基督的死亡和复活是我们的,上帝的约恩典是对我们来说,邀请参加羊肉的婚礼盛宴在信封上有我们的名字。我们自己是上帝的伟大颠倒,设置权利项目的一部分,即使所有的证据表明这样的真理是荒谬的。当所有的证据表明世界将在一个手篮下地狱,邪恶赢得了这一天,死亡正在从每一个角落爬出来。面对这些证据,我们中的许多人在过去几个月里转向喜剧 — 讽刺和站起来,情景网络重新启动和深夜锚从他们的厨房流动。纸板切口谁不能得到过去的山姿势。但是,我们的整个生活都被包裹在这个故事中最好的一点 —— 这并不是结束。死亡已经被吞噬在胜利中,上帝是在宝座上。早晨的星星确实唱歌。

引用取自弗雷德里克·比赫纳, 超越文字.

Laura de Jong

Laura de Jong serves as pastor of Second Christian Reformed Church in Grand Haven, Michigan.

9 Comments

  • I love it. Jesus had a great sense of humor too, with his log-in-your-eye critics, for example, or his extravagantly foolish characters in Luke 15–searching shepherd, woman throwing a party that cost her found coin, prodigal father–to crack open our minds and realize that yes, incredibly, God loves us at least that much. And Buechner is masterful at showing us our foibles in his descriptions of Abraham and Peter in Peculiar Treasures.

  • Jan Zuidema says:

    I’ve been waiting for John to somehow show up here – he must be so pleased to have made the Reformed big time! Leave it to you and said friend to uncover the absurdity of the story. In reading through the Bible this summer and being reacquainted with the details of each OT story, one is struck by how God plays out his purpose through situations that are both tragic and comedic, using people as flawed as each of us. What a joy to be reminded that we are part of this story “with the best punchline of all”!

  • Scott Hoezee says:

    Great stuff, Laura! And Buechner has been so good on this stuff, including the scene where Sarah laughs at the angel’s promise of–finally after 24 years since the first promise–a child in one year. Look closely, Buechner said, and the angel’s shoulders were shaking in mirth a too. And just to show God can both give and take a joke, the angel says “And when the little guy is born, name him Giggles so we will never forget this moment!” Now THAT’S funny!

  • Daniel J Meeter says:

    Marvelous, thank you.

  • Carl Fictorie says:

    Satan laughs at us. God laughs with us.

  • Nancy Meyer says:

    Loved this post! Thanks Laura.

  • RLG says:

    Thanks, Laura, for another interesting and smile inciting article. I like what you say about a good joke being one that catches you by surprise and then relating such surprise to God and his interactions with people, especially his chosen people. Isn’t that the nature of miracles, always attributed to God (or the supernatural) whether directly or indirectly. They catch us by surprise. You say, – “Comedy – particularly stand-up comedy – is funniest when you can find yourself in the joke, when you know full-well the truth implicit in the absurdity…” – Miracles are that way. They are absurdities because they defy common sense. You also say, – “We ourselves are part of God’s great upside-down, set-to-rights project of kingdom restoration, and that’s true even when all the evidence suggests such a truth to be absurd.”

    That’s the nature of religion(s). All religion depends on the supernatural to get people’s attention. Religion without God, the supernatural, or the gods is no religion at all. Without miracles, religion would simply be psychology or story that is flat. All religions, and there are thousands, depend on the supernatural acts empowered by God or the anti-heros, Satan and demons. And because all religion depends on the absurdity of the supernatural, most people easily dismiss all religions but their own. Our miracles (although absurd) are reliable, and the miracles of other religions are false because their miracles are absurd. Believe me, Christian miracles are just as bazar or more so than those of other religions. So, who is the joke on? Thanks again, Laura.

  • David A Hoekema says:

    My late father, a very serious Reformed theologian, had a book on his shelf entitled De humor en de Bijbel, or maybe Komedie en de Bijbel, and he used to take delight in translating excerpts. They never struck me as very funny, sad to say — there wasn’t much relating to the classic themes of comedy from a ten-year-old’s perspective, such as poop and farts. But when we find a way to read both OT and NT stories with fresh eyes there is lots of comedy of the absurd. It’s not a coincidence, I think, that there are echoes of Biblical diction and imagery in Beckett and Camus. But the Bible is lots more fun.
    But as to John, the pastor’s companion I have not yet met in the, so to speak, flesh: I think you are letting him off too easy, Pastor Laura. In addition to mountain pose I’ll bet he would be terrific at savasana, and what about inverted poses? Way better than me, for sure.

  • Outstanding. What a different perspective from what I am used to hearing. Many thanks.

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