The Sound Of Distant Laughter
by Dina Martin
It was dark and quiet. All were lying down for the night; then I
heard the laughter. My head laid down comfortably on my pillow,
and my first thought was, “I really should tell them (the boys)
to quiet down and get to sleep,” but for some reason, just this
night, the laughter ministered to me. It had been an intense
The young have the ability to
trust in those who care for them to carry their
loads. Laughter and joy come easy, for trust is the
air they breathe. So why can I not learn from them?
I have noticed that
as we grow older the blows of life take us down longer than when
we were younger. Laughter is more of a gift than a common
friend. As I reflect on the difference between the young and the
old, I see one clear difference between the two. The young have
the ability to trust in those who care for them to carry their
loads. Laughter and joy come easy, for trust is the air they
breathe. So why can I not learn from them?
Heavenly Father, I give You my load today. Yes, I trust You to
handle it better than I. Let Your joy and laughter flow through
my life, as a clear song to the honor of You. The music of a
life expressing faith.
One who knows how to walk in laughter and joy in the deepest
sense, has learned how to sing their songs in the darkest
nights. They are the children of the Father who have learned the
secret of a trust and assurance of His love. They know of the
hiding place of rest. They carry the treasures of knowing Him.
They walk with Him alone and find His approval far more
important than anything this world could ever offer.
Alan and DIna Martin live in Southeast Missouri. Their goal
as a family is to encourage other believers in the faith, and
further the Kingdom of God in the earth.
This article was published in
An Encouraging Word issue #42, and may not be reprinted or
distributed in any form without express written consent from the
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