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Monday, August 17, 2009

Life's Laughter

Have you ever wondered what causes laughter? I mean, why would God create such an interesting thing that we all take pleasure in? I read something recently on http://www.wikipedia.com/ about laughter. I want to share it with you.

"Laughter is Genetic" Robert R. Provine, Ph.D. has spent decades studying laughter. In his interview for WebMD, he indicated "Laughter is a mechanism everyone has; laughter is part of universal human vocabulary. There are thousands of languages, hundreds of thousands of dialects, but everyone speaks laughter in pretty much the same way.” Everyone can laugh. Babies have the ability to laugh before they ever speak. Children who are born blind and deaf still retain the ability to laugh.

Even though I don't understand all the reasons that God created laughter, I sure take joy in it. Today is a day that I appreciated laughter so much. I was able to spend some sweet time with my special-needs daughter, Victoria Jayne, this afternoon after she woke from her nap. She was in such a happy mood. She just laughed and laughed at most every silly thing I did. I cannot describe the joy I felt while watching her laugh. My mind thought back to the days that she was lying limp on a hospital bed after having open-heart surgery at 7 weeks of age. It seemed then that I wouldn't get to enjoy a day like today at that point. But, today, through laughter, God reminded me of His faithfulness. He reminded me that He can take a circumstance that once seemed so grim, such as adjusting to the life of being a special-needs mother, and turn it into pure joy.

What a blessing it was to watch Victoria laugh today. I know God must've been laughing with her! I can't imagine that His heavens were not filled with extra-happiness when her voice rang out in laughter today!

3 comments:

Allison Robley said...

HER SMILE IS CONTAGIOUS AND SHE LIGHTS UP THE SCREEN! IT'S SO WONDERFUL FOR YA'LL TO HAVE HER AS A CONSTANT REMINDER OF GOD'S FAITHFULNESS IN YOUR LIVES. THANKS FOR SHARING.

Chris Lockwood said...

YAY! I didn't know she could stand up by herself! You go, Victoria!!!

I love her precious laugh! Love you and miss you, Heather!

Ellen Rooney said...

Isn't it wonderful that we can laugh through our tears too....just like I'm doing now. Love you and pray for you often.
Ellen