Gathering Together

     Out of the Belly Springs the Roar of Laughter



Have you ever had one of those good old fashioned revivals? I’m not talking about those tent revivals, but just getting together with some friends at the bar and unwinding with a few drinks?  I’ve had a few of those and I was revived for a little bit, until that headache caught up with me. Or the “Calgon take me away,” revival? All I had left after the Calgon, was pruney skin and a bathtub ring. One of my favorite revivals was simply chocolate.  It didn’t matter to me if it was milk chocolate or dark, with or without nuts. One piece, or two or three revived me for a short time but left a lasting impression on my hips.


Now that was a different time and a different season. I would like to say, since then I’ve matured but in reality I just got old and my revivals aren’t what they used to be.  Today, when I look for a little restoration, I rely on my gift of joy and laughter.

I’ll pop a light hearted comedy into the DVD player or revisit my children’s baby books. They never fail to make me laugh. Sometimes, I sit and watch my two dogs play with each other.  If you have ever owned two dogs, well you know how hilarious that can be. Mostly, I like to think about something that puts a smile on my face, turn it into a chuckle and before I know it, I am doubled over with laughter.


Laughter is my revival secret weapon. It’s not loaded with calories but actually burns them, while strengthening the heart and exercises the abs. What could be more invigorating?


Psalm 126:2
Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”


by Jackie Horn