Job 8:21 – He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.

American humorist Mark Twain is credited with saying, “Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all our irritations and resentments slip away and a sunny spirit takes their place.”

In these days when all the news seems tragic, you need humor.  Proverbs 17:22 says, “A joyful heart is good medicine.”  The poet Robert Frost said, “If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.” Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.”

Hospitals have been known to show patients in recovery reruns of old I Love Lucy or Jack Benny shows. Laughter, doctors know, can moderate heart rates, lower blood pressure, reduce muscular tension, ease pain and strengthen the immune system—and not just for the moment. These effects can last up to 45 minutes following a person’s last laugh. Tune your heart to find humor or laughter today. You’ll worry less. Laughter is one of the greatest gifts God has given. So laugh, and do it often.

Pray With Us

Father God, You are so merciful and so full of grace toward me. Even as I think abut laughing, I can feel tensions easing. Thank You for this wonderful gift. Bring to my memory things from my own childhood or from watching the funny antics of animals. I know there are events that caused laughter at the time. Let me set aside worry and concern today, and enjoy time with You. Teach me to laugh again, if I have forgotten. You are so good and worthy of praise.


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