“The more I laugh
The more I fill with glee
The more the glee
The more I'm a merrier me”
Dick Van Dyke – Mary Poppins
Hopefully you haven’t forgotten how to laugh. I had two unexpected moments of laughter today (neither of which will sound funny if written down, so I will spare you the details).
It’s easy to forget the importance of laughter, given our current circumstances. It might even be the case that one doesn’t feel like laughing, or can’t imagine laughing. There are so many opportunities to dwell on despair, whether our own or others. Yet when we stay in a place of sadness or anger, hardness of heart creeps in and starts to take root. Laughter and joy is the enemy of all these things.
Proverbs 17:22 says, "A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength."
Brothers and sisters, find moments to laugh, moments of levity, for these moments are some of God’s greatest gifts. Whether it’s an episode of The Office, an uplifting book, a simple conversation with a friend, or resting in the presence of God, may your days be filled with the heart medicine of cheer and laughter, and give God thanks and glory!
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. May the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, keep you safe and make you strong, this night and always. Amen.