(The Devil Does Not Play)
Maybe one of the reasons is that snakes do not play. Mammals share our playfulness. Our neighbours adopted a puppy just this week, and it never stops playing. You can play with your pet cat, even your pet cow. But snakes are deadly serious. Reptiles do not play.
Playfulness is a sign of spiritual health, says Edwin Friedman in my new favourite book, Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick-Fix. One of the first signs that a family (including church families) is in trouble is when that family starts taking themselves too seriously and they lose their playfulness. The result, as it was for Adam and Eve, is power struggles, blame, shame, anxiety and a reptilian seriousness.
"Why so serious?" Is this not also what makes the Joker of the Batman movies such a twisted villain? He subverts and corrupts play.
Reading through the entire Bible in 2015 is a pretty big undertaking. I hope it will also be a lot of (spiritual) fun for us as a Peace family.
"The Lord your God... will take great delight in you;... he will rejoice over you with singing." (Zephaniah 3:17) Lighten up!