Scripture: Proverbs 17: 22 A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a downcast spirit dries up the bones.
Observation: Here’s what one of my bible resources says about this verse, “The sage knew that the internal psyche has the power to heal as well as to destroy the body. One’s internal demeanor affects physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health.”
Application: I mentioned yesterday I’ve been away for a continuing education event last few days. Some excellent content and processing I’m grateful for. However, this verse reminds me of anther reason I found the time so helpful and life-giving.
We laughed a lot.
We all had significant burdens we brought with us to the learning event, which is to be expected. And while we spoke mostly of professional challenges during the formal sessions, personal issues tended to come out in the informal times – during meals, breaks, fellowship after dinner. It was a blessing on many levels. It’s time I really needed. As the writer of Proverbs points out, laughter is an incredible salve for the human soul. Here’s hoping we all laugh some today.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, this morning we remember all those who carry heavy burdens this morning – which is most of us. Give us grace to experience some joy – and laughter – that our hearts might be warmed in the midst of life’s struggles. Amen.