A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. (Proverbs 17:22)  

My head was throbbing with a sinus headache, but I was not about to cancel my lunch plans with friends. When I arrived at the restaurant, three ladies greeted me with bright smiles and big hugs. We sat at the table, talked about our families, and reminisced about our school days.  One lady told a funny story, and I laughed so hard my stomach hurt.  The conversation turned to serious topics, and another lady spoke up boldly, saying that we needed to lighten up, enjoy life, and trust it all to Jesus.  Another round of laughter soon followed her thought-provoking words.  Those two hours I spent with my friends went by far too quickly.  We said our goodbyes and vowed to keep in touch.  As I drove back home, it occurred to me that my headache was gone, and I felt amazingly rejuvenated.  Good fellowship and laughter were just what I needed.    

Sharing a good laugh can bring people together like nothing else. A daily dose of laughter can promote good health and lighten life’s burdens. God never intended for us to carry our burdens alone but to rely on Him for His strength, guidance, and provision. Thankfully, we have our Lord Jesus Christ, who strengthens and sustains us through our trials, who heals our sicknesses, and who supplies our needs. Laughter does us good, but true and lasting joy comes from knowing Jesus. We have this one life to live, so let us live it joyfully and for His glory.

Heavenly Father, help us to find humor in everyday living and not take life too seriously. Thank You for the joy we have in Christ and the love, guidance, and provision He gives us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. She is a member of Faithwriters and participates in their daily devotional. She likes to read, travel, and cook for family and friends.