Sarah’s Endearing Laughter – Br. Curtis Almquist

Br. Curtis Almquist

Genesis 18:1-15

In our lesson from the Book of Genesis, we have such an endearing story remembered about Sarah, her husband Abraham, and God. This prospect of Sarah becoming pregnant, when she and Abraham are ancient, makes Sarah roll her eyes. She laughs. She laughs to herself, but she is heard.

What’s so sweet in this story remembered in the Book of Genesis is both Sarah’s laughing to herself and her denial of it. Was she embarrassed? We know she was fearful about her laughter? But rather than this being a point of chastisement or rejection by God, Sarah’s laughter seems to strengthen God’s resolve: “You just wait and see!” And, of course, a son is indeed born: Isaac, whose name in Hebrew means laughter. Isaac grows, and Sarah’s laughing is remembered very affectionately. In the Book of Genesis, several chapters following today’s reading, we read of Sarah’s saying to herself, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.”[i] Read More