A Brief History of...happiness
This week the world lost one of it's truly great people. To describe this person as a genuis is an understatement.
The loss of Ken Dodd brings an end to an era of musical hall variety and family entertainment. Sir Ken was a regular on our TV screens during the 1970s and 1980s. Few today could generate the audience figures that Ken Dodd sustained. Even fewer have that amazing ability to bring generations together to enjoy a good, old fashioned laugh.
This week we also lost the great thinker - Stephen Hawking. As a world renowed physicist, Hawking made it his mission to explain the origins of the universe and life . In 1988, his book - 'A Brief History of Time ' - was published. It went on to sell over 10 million copies while also being called 'the most popular book never read.'
Hawking once wrote that he had motor neurone disease for practically all off his life. However he said that it had not stopped him from having a family and being successful in his work. "It shows", he said, "that one need not lose hope."
The Bible begins with the story of creation. The Bible is not trying to be a scientific text book. The 'what' and 'how' questions are left to science to explore and discover.
But the 'why' is there right from the start.
God made the universes.
God made the world.
And God made us.
The Bible says: "For God so loved..."
Why are we here? Because so God loves us.
God loves when we explore.
God loves when we discover.
And God loves when we get together,share, cry and even laugh.
In 1964 Ken Dodd wrote a song called 'Happiness.' SirKen had perhaps discovered more about the 'why' of life than he might have realised.
"I thank the Lord I've been blessed
With more than my share of happiness"
What could you thank the Lord for today?
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