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Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. (Psalm 126:2)

I am privileged to be on staff at a church. Spending my time at the front desk reception area, I see nearly everyone who walks through our doors. One afternoon, I watched a small group of widowed ladies trickle in for their grief support meeting.

The group meets in the church parlor, down the hall from my office. As always their tones were hushed and I can't hear what they're saying, but I think I'm safe in assuming there were a few tears. I continued working, when soon I heard laughter in the air. Not just giggles, these were full-out laughs. I couldn't help but smile, because I knew that although those ladies were each feeling sorrowful and teary, they have a measure of peace that comes from knowing death is never the end of love. Our God made sure of that when He sent Jesus to do away with death, fear, and sadness. When we realize that grief does not get the last word, we can prepare for joy that comes from hope in God.

Grief and sorrow are hard. No one said life would be all sunshine and rainbows. But just like the sun shines brightest through the clouds, laughter shared through tears of grief can be a sweet and beautiful testament to God's enduring love.

Father, allow me to help someone else bear their burdens and to listen especially for the bright laughter in dark places. I love and praise you for your faithfulness in our hardest trials. Amen.

GLYNIS BECKER

Glynis Becker is a writer living in Rapid City, South Dakota. She works full-time as the administrative coordinator at her church, as well as being a wife and a mother of two teenagers. She writes inspirational fiction and devotions, as well as co-writes screenplays. Her first co-written film, Sinking Sand, will be distributed in early 2017.