Wednesday, January 2, 2008


"Over the mantel of Nathaniel Ward’s house in Ipswich (the Puritan who lived from 1578-1652) the previous owner had carved what he took to be the virtues that together summed up Puritan holiness: sobriety, justice, and piety. Ward hired a craftsman to add a fourth: laughter."

From a sermon by Dr. Robert S. Rayburn, Faith Presbyterian Church, Tacoma, Washington, 22 October 2006.

Mouths filled with laughter are a biblical desideratum (Psalm 126:2) and living proof of God's wonderful, constant, overruling goodness.