Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Today’s text

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

The Lord of laughter

It is good to laugh. Laughter releases us from the grip of whatever confines our hearts and limits our joy. We are made for joy, intended for laughter which frees us to be the grace we each are.

Rejoice always; let your gentleness be known to all people. The Lord is near.

Yes, the Lord is near, even here, at the bedside of the dying as friends and children gather to release their beloved into the grace in which we each are made.

Even here … rejoice. Do not be conformed to the way the world sees and thinks and feels. Rejoice, for the Lord is near.

We know … we feel and know your blessed nearness in the sound of gentle laughter that comes as we acknowledge our foibles and follies, the silly things we human beings do, the ways we need each other … and have loved each other in spite of disappointments and hurts.

And who would have thought that biscotti baking would trigger laughter of truest affection in a hospice room? Who could have known?

But there it was.

No, … there you are.

We know you in our laughter amid the tears. Our laughter is the song of your Love singing in our souls, lifting us into the joy of simply knowing … simply knowing you as the Love you are.

And knowing, too, that this is all we really need.

Blessed are those who love and laugh. They know you.

Pr. David L. Miller

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