"Of a sane man there is only one safe definition. He is a man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head." G.K. Chesterton.
When I read this quote it really struck me; as Christians we do not hide our eyes from the desperate and stricken in our world. Often we can but pray, and the world is big and the sorrows are great.
But we are not a sad people because tragedy resides in our hearts, we have God's joy in our minds. We can laugh and tease and play, and in some ways we may enjoy it more knowing it is a privilege.
In looking for a picture to go with this quote I had some difficulty until I remembered this picture of two boys in an orphanage. The boy on the right, with the face aglow, no doubt senses the struggles of his friend, but with that tragedy withing his heart he has laughter in his head, just what the doctor ordered for both.
Photo by Banhup Teh