Saturday, October 1, 2011

Laughter is the Brush That Sweeps Away the Cobwebs of the Heart


In Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life, Charles Swindoll writes:  "Tonight was fun 'n' games night around the supper table in our house.  It was wild.  First of all, one of the kids snickered during the prayer (which isn't that unusual) and that tipped the first domino.  Then a humorous incident from school was shared and the event (as well as how it was told) triggered havoc around the table.  That was the beginning of twenty to thirty minutes of the loudest, silliest, most enjoyable laughter you can imagine.  At one point I watched my oldest literally fall off his chair in hysterics, my youngest doubled over in his chair as his face wound up in his plate with corn chips stuck to his cheeks...and my two girls leaning back, lost and preoccupied in the most beautiful and beneficial therapy God ever granted humanity:  laughter."

"What is so amazing is that everything seemed far less serious and heavy.  Irritability and impatience were ignored like unwanted guests.  For example, during the meal little Chuck spilled his drink twice...and even that brought the house down.  If I remember correctly, that made six times during the day he accidentally spilled his drink, but nobody bothered to count."

Laughter...what a treasure it is!

A happy heart is a good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing, but a broken spirit dries the bones.
Proverbs 17:22

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