Daddy, thank God that I can laugh too: Amen.

I had a fun day yesterday. I know that it was Monday and many others did as well, so there probably isn’t anything unique about that fact. What was unique is what my 3yo decided to share with me while I was attempting to put her to bed.

We were praying and thanking God for a myriad of things: her brothers (!), sister, mom, the sky, the sun, and all of the the other wonderful things that children are grateful for. As I was reciting these things she interrupted; “Daddy, thank God that I can laugh too!” She then preceded to giggle uncontrollably for another minute.

Amen. Thank God that she can laugh. Thank God that I can laugh. Thank God for the joy that children have that makes laughter such a fun part of their lives.

Do you remember what Jesus said?

Matthew 18:1-5 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “ Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.

The promise of Heaven is in that Jesus Christ acts on our behalf. That our charge is to humble ourselves as a child. He will work the change in our lives as we surrender to Him.

I laughed with my daughter for a few moments and then resumed the task of putting her to bed – not a fun task in that she likes to try to stay awake longer than me. The problems that had arisen from my day didn’t disappear, but there was a willingness to trust those problems to Jesus.

She laughed because she is secure in her dad’s love. She laughs because she is certain that if she can’t handle a problem that her dad or mom will. So today, if you can laugh, thank God. If you cannot laugh seek the One who simply desires that we trust him as a child trusts.

Published by Daniel M Harding

Husband, father, associate pastor.

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