Sunday, December 8, 2013
The Gift Of Laughter..........
A friend of mine just lost his Mother the other day, and he was sharing that as one of the casket barriers was placing the casket on the frame that would lower the casket in to the ground he tripped, and if he had fallen it could have resulted in him entering the grave before the deceased Mother!
As I enjoyed the laughter with my friend over that incident I am reminded of another Funeral I had attended. Jerry and I lead Couples classes occasionally and one of the young men from our group had just lost his Mother. Without a thought, Jerry and I knew we would go to the Funeral to offer support of his loss.
The Funeral was held in a Church that we did not attend, but we quickly found our way inside and sat near the back of the Church. It was a while before the modest sized Church filled up with Family and Friends.
As I was observing everything that was going around me three little old ladies walked in arm in arm took the seats in front of Jerry and me. They were all sweetly dressed with a little too much make up adorning their sweet little faces.
The Mother was loved greatly by her Family and Friends, and many great things were shared about the life this Mother had left behind. The stories that were told brought tears and comments from many of the people sitting around that Church.
The three little ladies were no exception to the tears that flowed so freely that day. Their heads were bowed and I could hear one blow her nose softly as they sat listening to all that was shared. Slowly but surely one little lady lifted up her arm to place it around the shoulders of her little friend. As she made that loving gesture slowly but surely she knocked the wig off of her little friends head landing with a plop on the little lady's lap!
Now.......what to do? Well, very swiftly after a very slight hesitation of shock three little ladies grabbed at that wig and attempted to put that wig back in its proper place! But that wig just would not comply and sat sideways on that little lady's head now! I observed that now three little ladies shoulders are shaking trying to hold back their giggles at such a solemn time! I could see their dilemma and for a second thought I could assist.........but I was trying so hard to hold back my own laughter!!
I took a quick sideways look at Jerry but then quickly looked away when I saw he was also trying to contain his own laughter! The rest of the service we fought hard to not laugh, because for the rest of that service those sweet little old ladies kept fussing with that wig! It would just not behave itself!!
Well...........Jerry and I got out of the Church as quickly as we respectably could almost running to the car to fall into it and let our laughter that we had held back for so long fill the space. I can tell you that our sides hurt from laughing so hard!
One of the things that I love about God is the gift of laughter. I love the unexpected laughter that comes when our hearts are heavy. When we are at the end of our rope. You know............I think it's like a "hug" from God letting us know He's right beside us all the time........
Walking By Faith,