During many of my conversations while here in Ruston, there has been a common thread---Life Is NOT Easy! If you think you have a corner on the market of hard and pain---you don't come close. It is a level playing field loaded with players. All of us have our struggles, problems, and kick you in the gut life occurrences. There are many in the same boat--in fact--I don't know how the boat stays afloat! I have never seen anyone who does not have some sort of struggle in life. Not struggling today---wait until tomorrow---it will come.
One other thing I have noticed---in the midst of the most serious conversation--one filled with anguish, disappointment, or grief---somehow we always managed to laugh. And in the midst of tears---we found a thread of hope with our laughter. We always remembered the sweet times--times filled with joy and laughter and the dark somehow lightened with our chuckles.
When I found this lyric, I thought it summed up precisely what I am trying to say. God has given us this marvelous gift of laughter to remind us of the joy of life. What better balm for pain, anger, and dismay than remembering the good, the silly, and the ridiculous. As long as I am able to laugh, I know there is a promise for a brighter day.
I may belong on the funny farm--but there are worse things! I am thankful for God's marvelous gift of laughter and pray I am abundantly blessed with it all the days of my life.
“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 the.”