Proverbs 17:22 – A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
My daughter is a miracle of laughter, love, and redemption.
I wrote a post about two years ago focusing on my top 5 childhood memories that bring laughter. Topping the list: my brother’s attempt at running away when he was five. He angrily stalked out the house after grabbing a handful of clothing from a drawer. My mom told me not to worry about following him because his runaway episode would be a short one.
When he didn’t return right away, I went to look for him.
I found him easily because he left a trail of underwear down the sidewalk. I remember laughing and hugging my little brother when I finally found him sitting by a tree.
When I am down, remembering times like these help me immensely. Laughter has medicinal implications. “Laughter is the best medicine.”
As a toddler, my daughter brought joy to our home. I hear my little daughter spinning and laughing. Her eyes twinkling she giggles with joy. She still makes this funny face that brings a smile to my heart. The smile widens and my heart fills with mirth.
I love hearing the sounds of a child’s laugh. Sweet and beautiful. Something so innocent.
However, as we grow older and the realities of life creep in, it hard to find laughter.
To be young again and rediscover laughter. How do we find joy and laughter when pain or troubles consumes our days?
I try to focus on memories of laughter and fun I have had with my family.
I recall the scriptures about joy and love.
I watch a funny show on television and listen to music that uplifts.
I also try to remember that laughter redeems. I read once that the name, Isaac, means “he who laughs.” His mother said that God had given her her son and she laughed with joy.
When I think of the birth of my own daughter, I laugh. True story: I laughed as I gave birth to her, especially when in the middle of my worst contraction and pain in my life, my doctor told me to push like I was pooping the biggest turd in my life. The whole room erupted in laughter from my husband, to the nurses, and my mother and me. I forgot about my pain in that instance.
When she entered this world, my pain became a distant memory as I held her in awe and kissed her cheeks.
The birth of my daughter is a redemption story too. I had made so many mistakes in life, choosing the wrong men and marrying them and suffering the hurt and abuse that followed. I had given up on my dream to be a mother. Then, God rescued me and I found my husband.
Our relationship filled with laughter from the beginning. On our first date, I spilled everything, every mistake, every hurt. He left and I anticipated that he would never return.
He came back the next day with an unusual gift : a pink basket and in it, a baby doll. He said that he returned because I had touched him when I confessed my fears that all my mistakes would mean that I would never have a baby. He said that he wanted to bless me with one.
His face so sweet and somber, I couldn’t believe what I heard so I laughed. Less than two years later, I sat in a hospital laughing again at my doctor’s funny words. Then my daughter came into the world in a rush of beauty.
Continuing to write for 31 Days, an online writing challenge started by home blogger, Myquillyn Smith (The Nester), and now hosted by Crystal Stine, where bloggers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day in October. I am also joining my friend Kate Motaung and my friends from the Five Minute Friday community during this challenge. Kate worked with community bloggers to develop the 2015 edition of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, Readers’ Choice Awards, a writing link-up in conjunction with the annual Write 31 Days Challenge. For the five minute, free write sessions, Kate encouraged bloggers to submit ideas for one-word prompts for each day of the challenge. Today’s word: “Laugh.”
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