Today, in our advent devotions, we continued reading about the covenant promise that God made to Abraham- that he would be blessed and that through him, blessing would come to all nations.
That promise was for descendants that would number the stars in the sky... and it finally came true in the birth of his son.
What I love about this story is what Abraham and Sarah named their promised baby. They named him Isaac, which means "he laughs". The reason they chose this name is because the birth of a baby to Sarah, at 90 years old, was crazy!!! And Abraham became a father at 100 years old! Can you even imagine?!
If you know me, you know how much I LOVE to laugh and make people laugh!
When I think back to when I was little, I remember how my dad would love getting his Reader's Digest each month. He would sit in his red chair and laugh so hard at one of his favorite sections: Laughter, The Best Medicine.
It was FULL of stories that were there for one purpose: to make you laugh! And it sure worked for my dad :)
Laughter truly is great medicine... and I believe it is a gift from God. It has the power to help us get through painful times, to help take our minds off of the stresses of life, to help us step back from situations and just enjoy the moment.
So, when was the last time you laughed? Like really laughed?!
When we don't stop and take the time to laugh and enjoy life we miss so much! When stress is bearing down on you and when life seems like its more than you can bear... I encourage you to stop and find a way to laugh.
As we look back to the story of Abraham and Sarah we can see that God's blessing to them was wrapped up in laughter... in joy... in celebration!
No matter how busy and crazy the Christmas season can be... make sure that you take the time to laugh... to be filled with joy... and to celebrate the birth of Christ!