Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” - Psalm 126:2
I’m grateful for people who bring laughter to our lives. Former New York Yankee baseball great Yogi Berra’s wry humor has left us laughing for decades. Consider these “Yogi-isms:”
· “Never answer an anonymous letter.”
· “I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.”
· “When you come to a fork in the road…take it.” …and
· “I really didn’t say everything I said.”
Laughter’s a great gift. And doctors are finding the Bible is right: laughter truly is good medicine. Not only are there emotional benefits to laughing, but there are physical benefits as well. Bill Cosby said, "If you can find humor in anything, you can survive it.” He’s right. Humor can actually be an agent of healing. So look for opportunities to laugh, and don’t take things to seriously. God has a sense of humor, and so should we.
“From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down, I convulsed with laughter. Someday I intend on reading it.” - Groucho Marx (1890-1977)
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.
Whether he was there or not during your youth, your father has shaped and continues to shape who you are and how you function in every aspect of your life. And while our culture devalues the contribution that a father makes to a family, it is clear that those of us with an absent or detached father have an empty, undefinable longing–for Dad. Making Peace with Your Father offers you a comprehensive look at the role of the father. It celebrates the positive influence a dad can have and uncovers the consequences that absent or abusive fathers have on their children. Most importantly, it takes you through eleven steps that will move you toward forgiveness so that you can make peace with your earthly father for the pain or difficulties he has brought to your life–allowing you to develop a closer relationship with your heavenly Father.