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We have a new key ring around here, if you know what I mean...... • • “Yes, I truly have reason to bless the Lord for abundant supplies; His treasury has been wide open to me, His riches have constantly outweighed my necessities. He has multiplied His mercies above all my desires.” -Susannah Spurgeon
“I am afflicted and in pain; let Your salvation, O God, set me on high! I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This will please the Lord more than an ox or a bull with horns and hoofs. When the humble see it they will be glad; you who seek God, let your hearts revive. For the Lord hears the needy and does not despise His own people who are prisoners.“ -Psalm 69:29-33 That last verse holds more weight for me than it ever has. But, more than that, as I read this passage this morning, I realized how appropriate and applicable it is for the current landscape of our national state of emergency and the worldwide pandemic called the coronavirus. So many words have been spilled on this topic and I don’t presume to add any additional wisdom to those of medical professionals, trusted church leaders, or those with greater insight than I into what is going on. I don’t know any of that. What I do know is that which I am compelled (and commanded) to say. So here I stand (sit), joining my voice with thousands of others by proclaiming what we pray and believe is more pleasing to the Lord than a sacrifice of ox or bulls, and that is this: God has not left the throne. He has not and will not ever abdicate. He faithfully remains in sovereign control over every molecule in this universe. Therefore, we have every reason to praise our God with a song and magnify Him with thanksgiving. We should let our hearts revive by commanding them to bless the Lord and forget not all His benefits (Psalm 103) because He hears the needy (spoiler: that’s us all the time, not just in a global crisis). He does not despise his people who are prisoners—whether imprisoned in a jail cell or in isolation or by physical ailments wracking their body. He does not despise His own people. Period. End of story. Christ’s blood is too precious for God to waste by despising those purchased and covered by it. Therefore: “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.” -Psalm 69:34 No caveats. No conditions. He is worthy.

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Monday Morning Munch No. 80 – Why is laughter important?

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There is a song from Mary Poppins which pretty much sums up my life.

I love to laugh,” was written by the Sherman Brothers for the film (one of my all time favorites) to demonstrate how laughter can lighten the mood. They illustrate this quite clearly in the movie as the scene features Uncle Albert, Burt, the children and eventually Mary Poppins to float into the air after a spell of laughter. The more they giggle, the higher they rise.

Why is laughter important?

laugh. everyday. at yourself. it's the best.

laugh. everyday. at yourself. it’s the best.

Because it’s a gift. A gift I’m grateful for because it points to the great God who gladly gives to His children the richest, truest sense of joy. I hope you take time today to laugh, loud and long and clear, and to remember the Author of laughter.

“There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” -Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“Laughter is a divine gift to the human who is humble. A proud man cannot laugh because he must watch his dignity; he cannot give himself over to the rocking and rolling of his belly. But a poor and happy man laughs heartily because he gives no serious attention to his ego.” -Terry Lindvall, Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis

“Men show their characters in nothing more clearly than in what they think laughable.” -Goethe

“If we are Christians, then joy, humility, and gratitude should lead us to burst with hearty laughter. And I’m not just speaking of “pious” chuckles over “polite” quips or self-righteous sneering. True joy finds humor in all the weird details of life–the curse of broccoli, the dullness of males, the cruelty of insurance forms, and the tragedy of English cooking. Humor tells us so much about our hearts.” -Douglas Jones

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