Great God, for the gift of laughter and life here after, we give You thanks and praise. Amen.
Laughter. In the Bible there are not many stories that are about good old funny laughter. There is the story of Sarah who laughed when the visitor said she would have a child at her advanced age. That was more of a snorting "I don't believe you" kind of laughter. Yet even though there are not many stories of laughter in the Bible, laughter is a wonderful gift from God. The medical profession states that laughing helps us have a longer life. Laughter helps us not only with our breathing but also helps bring us to thinking positively.
The other day at the Museum, son John and I got laughing over breaking wind. Sometimes we have the mind of a 10 year old. But breaking wind is funny. The more we told puns about breaking wind or making breaking wind noises, the more we laughed. Laughing is a simple part of life.
Today reflect upon the times you have laughed a healthy positive laugh. Remember to say thank you to God for your times of positive healthy laughter. Reflect upon the times the Church has laughed together with a healthy positive laugh.
Great God, for the gift of laughter and life here after, we give You thanks and praise. As we prepare our hearts and souls and minds for Sunday worship, remind us anew that Your gift of laughter is like a refreshing stream that bubbles with joy and gives us peace. Amen.