Laughter is the best medicine.

Yesterday our family went to the UW Arboretum and walked around. We enjoyed all the beautiful trees and plants, and each others company. As we walked, Kirby asked:

“If you were an animal, which animal would you be?”

We joked about it for quite awhile. Based on characteristics we each have, what would be the most suitable match. Then we talked about which animal we would like to be and why. It was fun to imagine being able to fly, or hibernate, or swim all day. What would it be like to hide underground or live in a tree. The possibilities seemed endless. All of them sounded fun, for a few days. I thought it all seemed like a great adventure, until I started thinking about what I would miss about being a human. There are a lot of gifts God has given us, but the thing I think I would miss the most is laughing.

God blessed our family with laughter. We all have a good sense of humor and can almost always find something to laugh about. Humor is what got us through many rough days during Ryan’s illness. In fact, he was the one that usually broke the tension with a joke, wise-crack, funny walk or well-timed “That’s what she said!” Laughter saved us from tears on many occasions. It was wonderful gift, and often the medicine we needed.

There is a lot of pain in life, but there is also a lot of beauty. I hope that today you find something to laugh about. And while you are at it, I hope you put a smile on someone else’s face.

Gracious and loving God,
Thank you for the gift of laughter. Life can be a difficult journey, full of so many unexpected things. I pray that everyone find a reason to laugh.

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