Yep, shorthand for laughter, but it does not properly plumb the depth of the experience. I like to laugh. Ask any friend or family member. I think life is pretty unserious in light of the goodness and greatness. I also think laughter destroys the work of the enemy which is to make you feel pain and lose your joy.
Admittedly when things get tough I look to comedies to change my thinking. I will watch The Three Stooges, Dennis The Menace and other old B&W comedies. And laugh. And laugh some more.And then I read yesterday that laughter is bad for you! From Time the headlines read “That’s Not Funny: 15 Reasons Why Laughing Is Bad for You” and my response? Laughter. Are you kidding me?
Now granted I never used to laugh. I was somber, serious, depressed and laughter was not funny at all.
A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.”
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.
And Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh over me.”
Personally I choose to believe God. Laughter.
And as one person wrote me… “Good seeing you! You have quite the infectious laugh! Full of joy!”
Yep-that is me. An embarrassment perhaps to friends and family. Laughing at all the wrong times. But, hey…who knows who needs to get healed in restaurant, business or church building.
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