Thursday, March 13, 2014

Rx: Laughter

I am thankful for laughter, except when milk comes out of my nose.                                                                                     ~Woody Allen

Blue lights. Bright blue lights. LED bright blue lights.  RB loves them, and unfortunately Emily chose a man a lot like her pops. I used to have the winning vote. Now we are deadlocked, and I find them sneaking up on me. I figure if I can keep them relegated to Christmas it's pretty close to a win.

When I saw the electronic pillar candle set with its twelve colors (and remote!), I knew this was what I needed to feed RB's blue light addiction. I was excited the day they arrived, and put them in my lantern, turned them to blue and waited until RB walked through the door.

He's a man who notices. A new dress, a small decorating change, new candle scent--he notices. So I wasn't surprised he saw the candles immediately and crowed with Jonathon over the blue lights. I waited an hour and turned the candles to pink -- with my nifty remote. 

All evening I changed them from color to color. He blamed me for changing them and Emily and I blamed him. We had him wondering...and maybe he still is, since I never admitted to him I was doing the changes. (Although he'll know now when he proofs this post!) It was fun, and still makes me belly laugh when I think of it.  [Proofreader's note: "You got me good, Baby! Payback is on my agenda!"]

Solomon, to whom God gave great wisdom, said that laughter is good for our health. Life is sometimes oppressive. Yet when we can laugh in spite of it all, it relaxes our body and dispels tension.

One day after we lost our Sarah, I asked RB what would happen if I started screaming and couldn't stop. He just looked at me and said, "They have places for people who do that." I laughed--really laughed, and it felt good! Was he grieving, too? Of course. It didn't lessen the pain in our hearts, but it did give us a momentary break in the heaviness. 

If you are struggling today, find something to laugh about and feel the medicine take hold of your body. It won't solve your problems, but it will jostle things around in your heart, allowing a moment to remember God's goodness.  

It seemed like a dream, too good to be true,
when God returned Zion’s exiles.
We laughed, we sang,
we couldn’t believe our good fortune.
We were the talk of the nations—
“God was wonderful to them!”
God was wonderful to us;
we are one happy people.
Psalm 126:3

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Denise said...

Thanks for making me smile, love you.


Such a fun and sweet surprise for your husband.

Today we had a day to encourage my daughter, who is due tomorrow and a bit tired of being pregnant. We laughed ... a lot.


Mindy said...

Don't we all need this some days!?!! Thanks! Laughing with you guys has helped start my day out right. =)

Blessings on your weekend ahead.

Sharon said...

Oh Pamela, it's been way too long since I had a good laugh. Yes, laughter is good for the soul, and I need it right now. Your post gave me a much-needed chuckle today! Thank you!!


Joy said...

Laughter and faith in God are the best medicines:)
Very nice wriiten!
By the way, awesome lights!

Lyli said...

I agree. Laughter is a balm for the soul. :)