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It revved once, and then even the electricity turned off with a sad muted click, and the car sat silent in a frigid fourteen degrees below zero Sunday morning driveway. Yanking a lever under the left side of the dashboard, I jumped out of the car, pulling my mittens higher.
Facing the front of the car, I peered for several long minutes, then squatted down to stare closer. Sliding my hands along the smooth edge, I crouched lower for a better look, tapping on the car, reaching for levers, and slipping my hand inside.
Nothing seemed to be working, and I shivered in the cold morning air, stamping on the icy driveway to stay warm, knowing the answer was there, and should be obvious. I fingered around the car, tapping various connectors, and sliding metal wires and levers, before I was successful.
And that was just to pop the hood!
(Yes, this is the part where I dissolve into peals of laughter at my car ineptness but convinced of my own hilarity.) I know. My friends and family shake their heads in silent humor at me too.
My husband’s mother used to sing this verse to him when he was a child. It still comes to his mind at times, and he’ll break into a husky hum, “A cheerful heart does good like a medicine, but a mournful spirit dries up the bones” (Proverbs 17:22). Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.”
Numerous studies have shown the benefits of laughter: lowering blood pressure, improving memory retention, reducing stress hormones, exercising the abdomen, defending against respiratory illness and drastically improving your immune system, while raising creativity and alertness.
I don’t know what your weekend was like or how this week has started out for you, my friend. Some days it can be hard to find the humorous, I know. I’d love to listen, pray with you, or look for ways to laugh with you.
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