This is Adam posting.
I have been more aware lately of one of God’s unique gifts to humans, joy. It is somewhat ironic that in what is the most stressful season of life ever for us we find God’s kindness in joy and laughter. When you first start laughing it feels wrong, like an intrusion in your now permanently somber lifestyle. But, now I greet it and welcome laughter for what it is, one of the most beautiful and simple gifts of God. Our daughters have begun asking us what our best and worst parts of the day were at dinner. When it was my turn, for my best part, I thought about laughing with my bride and with my co-workers and my classes. The moments of laughter are small and they don’t ultimately heal. But, they remind us of the graces of God even in the midst of this trial. They prevent me from focusing only on myself and they remind me to look up towards God and out towards others. And today I looked out and saw my little Mollie laughing hysterically at her new found ability to blow bubbles. Thank God for little joys and for little girls who seem to make the joys multiply.
“Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”