A cheerful heart is good medicine but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
I have often heard that laughter is the best medicine. When you are feeling down, a good laugh always helps. But what happens when the person making us laugh has a death in her family, like her husband? This is the recent story of Christian funny lady Chonda Pierce, who I have had the pleasure to meet in person in Nashville as well as David her late husband, at a writers conference in Kentucky. When the person who causes us to chuckle is experiencing a loss how do we surround them and help them to get laughter back in their life? Perhaps they feel they will never laugh again.
Grief will come to all of us whether we are a professional comedian or not. For those who do make a living in comedy, they may feel like they just can't do it anymore. First of all, our deceased loved ones would not want us crumpling up into a little ball and doing nothing. That would be Satan's plan. We have to laugh in Satan's face and tell him he is not going to stop you from shining for Jesus, whether sad or not.
If you recently experienced a loss in your family or a close friend just cry out to Jesus. It does take time to heal, but heal you will. We who are left behind must carry on and go on. Wake up each day and try to find one thing to make you smile. If you are the comforter of this person just be there for them and pray for them.
PRAYER: When I am weak Lord make me strong. Give me the words to speak to those who grieve. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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