He was in pain so great he could not sleep. Laughing for five solid minutes, he found, relieved the pain for several hours so he could sleep. Having found success in this little experiment he went and rented all the funny movies he could find. He read funny stories, he asked his friends to call him when they heard of or did something funny. He felt God's direction to visualize love for his family and friends, and sought out ways to laugh as healing elements. Norman Cousins was terminally ill when he began this experiment. He lived to the age of 78, passing on to heaven in 1990.
Laughter is a way of giving thanks to God for your life.
A mother wrote: I had been teaching my three-year old daughter, Caitlin, the Lord's Prayer for several evenings at bedtime. She would repeat after me the lines from the prayer. Finally, she decided to go solo. I listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word right up to the end of the prayers: "Lead us not into temptation," she prayed, "but deliver us some email."
A Sunday School teacher wrote: One particular four-year-old prayed, "And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets."
And lastly: A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin 5 and Ryan 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. "If Jesus was sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother have the first pancake, I can wait.'" Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, "Ryan, you be Jesus!"
Be renewed in the Spirit of your minds. Ephesians 4:23
Rev. Patricia E. Walker, AlphaChurch.org