This blog entry submitted by Kurt Danskin, Pastor Vicki's virtual assistant. Kurt is also an ordained pastor. You can see his company's website by visiting www.orcvirtual.com or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The story goes that a mother and father had two very naughty little boys. They were in to everything and you can be assured that if anything happened in that little town, their boys were probably behind it.
One evening the local town priest came to call on their home. The mother and father invited her in and they sat down in the living room and had tea. Mother shared some of her special cookies with the priest as the talked about where they were from and some of the events that had led them to where they are now.
The priest inquired about their two boys and the father apologized for their absence. "They are in their room as a punishment for breaking a window today," he explained.
"Perhaps I could speak with them for you sometime? I have had experience speaking with young people."
The parents looked at one another. They silently agreed that any positive influence could help.
The priest climbed the stairs and entered the boys' bedroom, the parents right behind her. She stared at the boys for a moment and then asked a simple question.
"Where is God", the priest asked.
"Where is God" the priest asked again, this time a little louder.
"Where is God" the priest said in a loud, commanding voice.
The boys ran to the closet and slammed the door. The older one said to the younger one, "we're really in trouble now. God's missing and they think we did it!"
Whoever coined the phrase 'Laughter is the Best Medicine" really hit on something pretty powerful. When my mother was diagnosed with a rare cancer I made her a promise. I promised her that every single day I would make her smile. I was successful in my attempts although some days it was even hard for me. But a simple smile upon one's face can relief tension and help those around us just feel better.
Share a smile with someone. Smile at a stranger. Smile at yourself in the mirror. It truly is a remarkable medicine.
Proverbs 15:13 reminds us that "a glad heart makes a cheerful face..."
May the peace of God be with you, and may His Spirit bring a smile to your heart strong enough to reach your face.