Thought For The Day 04/26/13




laughter benefits


In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of Little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

Khalil Gibran

“The Prophet”

Lebanese artist & poet in US  (1883 – 1931)


 Ask any person about what the attraction was between them and the one whose love has captured their heart for all times (hopefully), or what it is they like best about someone, friend or stranger alike, and you are likely to get this as your answer….”I just love their sense of humor”! Not their looks or their clothes or their car…but their ability to engage us with their mirth and a joyful and joy filled heart! I know it was the most important thing when I was dating, as I weighed the pros and cons in determining if this was “the” one I could see myself sharing the next 50 years with. Laughter is not just the force that brings strangers together but it is also the glue that builds the lifelong ties of family, along with love and faith.


Did you know that the Hebrew scriptures record that God laughed? According to Louie Crew, professor emeritus of English at Rutgers University in Newark, the fact that God laughed was written no fewer than seven times on at least six occasions, and while it was generally an indignant and scornful laughter at those who are evil (2 Kings 19:21; Isaiah 37:22), or at those who were unrepentant sinners (Proverbs 1: 26), God also laughed at the folly of those who would plot to overthrow the just (Psalms 37:13), and He also laughed at the vanity of those early Kings who attempted to reign over man (Psalm 2:4). Anyway,  it was thinking about this that gave me pause to wonder if Jesus ever laughed during His days of preaching and teaching!


Jesus was a master at all things, and his wit was not lost as the Bible talks of His days in the New Testament. Take a moment and think about the parables. Aren’t they almost a “tongue-in-cheek, inside humor” that confounded even the disciples? When the disciples asked Him why He employed this manner of teaching, he tells them (Matthew 13:11 and 13:13, NIV),  “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them….This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.” And while this proves a wry humor  it also speaks that the readiness of the hearts of the people to understand His message was not yet at hand! Now consider Matthew 23:24 NIV, when he reminds people that all they can manage to glean from the “camel size amount of information they are given, is an understanding of his words which is the size of a gnat! “You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.” And then there is the practical joker who, at the wedding feast in Cana (told in John 2), when His earthly mother pressured Him to help when the wine ran out, and despite his reticence to comply with her urgings, transformed water into an exceedingly strong wine!


In all of the years of watching Jesus depicted by man in art and cinema, it was not until the mini-series “The Bible” which aired earlier this year, that I remember seeing the character of Christ smiling! But I, for one, found that to be very endearing and special quality to affix to the Lord. You see, it humanized Him a bit. It made it easier to reconcile all that he suffered through AND accomplished as He walked the earth in the shell of a mortal being, knowing that the hard days were somehow tempered by joy and laughter that is, most certainly, a very human quality. It is these things that also say to me that there had to have been an easy camaraderie between Christ and His followers, when (in my mind at least), at the end of the day, in the private time they shared, that this group of hard-working men must have shared a laugh together, just as my family does every day!


“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.”

Job 8:21 ESV


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About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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