Pray for Peter

2 Corinthians 4: 17-18

Humor

I hope that Joe understands, because, sometimes, to live with us, he has to watch Doug and me acting a little, well, goofy.

We tease and make puns and throw ourselves into various comical personas, all designed to give each other a few laughs in the ways we know will be appreciated by the other. We recollect innocent witticisms that Winston, our three-year-old grandson, has sprung on us. We pretend to misunderstand something said, or we capitalize on unsettling events in the news, sometimes at the expense, of others, I’m afraid. We toss movie or book lines back and forth to each other, especially those of Dickens, Austen, or Lewis, but also from Babe or What About Bob? for our less bookish fare. We feign offense with each other, or we twist the meaning of a comment, then laugh aloud, tickled by our own attempts at humor.

And when a day has left us exhausted and real cleverness lies beyond the grasp of our mental energy, we willingly settle for just plain slapstick.

By humor, actually, the Lord conveys much grace to our lives, even while, at times, it may appear somewhat dorky. We like it.

And we understand it to be a way that we can comfort each other midst the disappointments and setbacks of the day, setbacks in ministry or discipleship or care with Peter, those hardships which often no one else knows about, struggles of which others are blissfully unaware. Some sorrows dwell in secret.

To watch us carrying on, do our friends realize that, “even in laughter, the heart may ache”? (Proverbs 14:13)

Yet Solomon’s wisdom also assures us that laughter cures the heart of many ills. It would be a shame not to employ it. And as in true comic literature, like works from some of our above favorites, we hope it’s an indication of character growth and redemption.

Can we pick up on the aches underneath the laughter in others? We’d be selfish clods not to listen for the deeper meaning behind the dialogue. For the Lord comforts us in our afflictions, so that we can look for the occasion to comfort others. (2 Corinthians 1)

 

2 Comments

  1. Oh, my brother and sister, this post of yours has revealed to me how unthinking I have been. I see here as never before the pain and stress you suffer. Sure I pray for Peter and perhaps a little for you also, but now I know to pray more fervently for you parents. I will do that. Thank you for the reminder and for your example of courage and endurance.

  2. Doug and Selah, I have been thinking of your aching hearts lately. And Peter. God brings you and your whole family to mind at the oddest times and I don’t know why, except to remind me to pray for you. Your load is so heavy and yet he promises not to give us more than we can bear. I protested with Him the other day, saying THIS IS TOO MUCH FOR ANY PARENT TO BEAR! And all I know is that you must be giving it to God to carry each day, because anyone would break under the weight of it. Giving it up to God is not just empty talk for you.

    Humor has got to be one way to release the load to the Lord! I thank God for humor. I thank God for you. I love how y’all speak to Peter and read to him with the intent of engaging his mind. One day he will be free from this limitation and this will all seem like a distant memory.

    Love y’all.

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