Friday, July 3, 2009

Joyful Giggles

It is intriguing to me that laughter can be both beautiful and tragic; yet another paradox of life.

On the one hand it can be a very cruel and pointed thing ending only in a false sense of happiness by those laughing and a sense of inadequacy in the life of the one being laughed at. But on the contrasting side, it has been scientifically proven to improve health in many regards: physically, mentally, spiritually, emotionally; the benefits are endless.

As for myself, I have experienced firsthand the healing power of laughter over the past couple of days. The group that's here from Charlotte, NC this week has shown me what it really looks like to have a good time.

It is easy to get discouraged by the endless amount of suffering in the world. And while assessing situations and promoting change are beautiful and very necessary things, the action which accomplishes those tasks may be much simpler than we realize. Laughter bridges gaps and brings people together in ways words cannot.

...Sometimes, all you need to do is laugh.

"He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy" (Job 8:21).

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