Always during family dinner, one of us will complain that our Del Monte fruit juice (“four seasons”, mango, or pineapple orange) has run out again and left us wanting for more. I’ve told my husband not only once that he should buy our fruit juice in carboy (gallon capacity). Maybe then, the supply will last longer. This always elicits laughter from him. One night after dinner, we were short of juice again. This started the humor around the table. Tim said that maybe our juice should be delivered by a truck, which I quickly followed with, “Yes, the kind of truck with a tank at its back, like the cement mixer? Or the carrier of industrial gases? Our juice will be delivered by tanker truck. When it arrives at our gate, they will pull a fat hose and fill up an overhead tank with fruit juice. When we open the faucets, they will flow with juice and not water!” Everyone roared in laughter.
One day, our 6-year old Tim brought home a note with the message “To Tim, I like you” written on a pretty stationery. It was from a girl classmate. Two days later, he brought another note with the message “To Tim, I love you” from the same girl. Amused and with raised eyebrows, I looked at Hannah. She answered my silent query with “I know, right?” I glanced at my husband with twinkle in my eyes, trying to extract an answer to my silent question, “What does this mean?”
“My boy is a heartthrob!” He said, then threw back his head and guffawed. We all laughed out loud, too, including Tim with his two front teeth missing.
Are you a family that jokes and laughs? Laughter around the table paints a family that loves and enjoys each other. It eases out the tension and stresses of the day – for the husband who works, the mother who tends the home, and the kids who go to school. It sends a message to the children that they are loved, accepted, and cherished.
A cheerful heart is good medicine,
but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. (Prov. 17:22 NIV)
The apostle Paul encouraged the Philippians to rejoice in the Lord. This message is for us, too. We are children of the King. That is worth celebrating and rejoicing over everyday. We not only rejoice in the Lord during worship and fellowship in church; we rejoice in Him in all the things we do, like bonding with family.
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! (Phil. 4:4)
Laughter is a gift from God. It emanates from a heart and mind that are at peace with Him. It’s an expression of the joy that flows from the Lord and King. Don’t deny yourself of this gift. Next time you gather around the table, let love and laughter be present, too.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
And our tongue with singing.
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.” (Ps. 126:2-3)
Yes, the Lord has done great things for us, and we are glad.
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