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A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.

Proverbs 17:22

    “Don’t take life too seriously, you will never get out of it alive.” This is a favorite quote I saw on the wall in my Aunt’s house every time I visited her.

    Perhaps one of the things I miss most because of Shelter in Place restrictions is laughing with friends. Oh, it is true sometimes I chuckle at something I witness which I think is humorous or something I hear or read which is funny. But I miss those times when the spirit of humor seems to be cascading onto a group of friends.

    The laughter maybe due to a recollection of a “catastrophic” event like trying to put together a piece of IKEA furniture or a midnight Christmas present with the label “ease to assemble.” Or maybe an embarrassing moment that years later is now a favorite story. Or maybe a long story with an unexpected punch line.

    The best times are those when one story feeds off of another. Not so much because people are trying to top each other with a better story, but because the situation or circumstance seems even more ludicrous than the one just told.

    I used to read joke books all the time when I was a kid. I was interested in what made something funny. I didn’t always get what made people laugh. But I did notice that laughter put people at ease, it seemed to bring people together. I loved it when something I said caused someone to suppress a smile, a groan, or even begin to cry because of some outrageous comment.

    I hope you are able to still find humor in your daily life. I mean just think how often you wished life would just slow down. Remember all those times when you said to your self, “If I just had the time to fix that” or “I wish I didn’t have to drive around so much” or maybe even, “I just want to sit at home today and do nothing.” Well now you’ve got the time and who has the last laugh on that.

    I love the picture I have in my office that shows Jesus laughing. There are many stories in the gospels where we miss the play on words or the outrageous response Jesus makes to this antagonists. Of course many of us have heard the Hebrew proverb which says, “Man plans, God laughs.”

    So let us remember when Abraham and Sarah were promised by God a special joy. They had seen many more years, difficulties, and disappointments than we have. Yet, God gave them something they never expected, a child. And when their son was born he was named Isaac, which means laughter.

    I pray God will bring joy and laughter into your life today.


    Pastor Randy

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