When was the last time you laughed? At a movie, maybe, if it was a comedy? Maybe watching some of the things on TV? What about the "giggles"? Has it been a while since you 'giggled'? I mean the actual laugh, because it is funny, and the actual 'giggle' because you can't help it. I, at least right now, don't mean the laugh "because if I don't laugh I'll start crying/screaming." Sometimes it seems like the last time there was laughter is so far away a person isn't even sure they remember it OR why they were laughing.
Our Scripture readings, this morning, are Genesis 18:1-15 and Mark 10:27. Angels have come visiting Abraham and Sarah telling them the prophesy will be fulfilled - Sarah will give birth to a son. Sarah "laughs." We aren't told if it is a "yeah, sure!" kind of laugh or a "if I don't laugh I'll scream" kind of laugh. All we are told is she is "caught" in the laugh. The angels, visiting at the time, question the laugh and continue to repeat they will be back and Sarah will have a son. The Gospel reading has Jesus giving us the answer - "With man this is impossible, but not with God, all things are possible with God." (emphasis mine) God KEEPS God's promises!
I must admit the thought of having a child at my age, let alone the age Abraham and Sarah are, is definitely something I would be laughing at also. I also "laugh" when someone adds something to a busy schedule, 'giants' appear, and/or the routine changes. The laughter spoken of, in our readings, however is the joyful, happy laughter - the giggles and laughter until your sides hurt. God DOES keep God's promises and we CAN enjoy a good laugh - even as we do face the 'giants' in our lives.
Something to think about, remember and encourage each other to remember. Something to enjoy - even as we have a "say what?!!" laugh!
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