He will yet fill your mouth with laughing, and your lips with rejoicing. Job 8:21
I’ve been enjoying the Christmas classics already being aired on TV. However, I have yet to watch “The Christmas Carol.” I was thinking last night about the scene in which It Scrooge is surprised by his nephew’s laughter. It was a much greater surprise to Scrooge to find himself in a bright, dry, gleaming room, with the Spirit standing smiling by his side!
In the scene, Scrooge’s nephew is seated in a circle with his guests playing a game called ‘The Governor’s Cat’. There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor. Scrooge’s nephew was laughing while holding his sides, rolling his head, and twisting his face into the most extravagant contortions, and Scrooge’s niece, by marriage, laughed as heartily as he. And their assembled friends are joining in.
Dickens also saw the benefits of laughter. He often used irony and satire to make his readers laugh. In this scene from A Christmas Carol, we see the contrast between Scrooge, a grumpy old man, and his young, fun-loving nephew. Laughter was a foreign concept to Ebenezer Scrooge. He saw no value in being merry, just as he saw no value in people celebrating Christmas.
Yet the Bible is filled with stories of rejoicing and celebration. One example is when Sarah gave birth to her son as a very old woman. It was such an unbelievable miracle that Sarah laughed with joy. She said, “God has made me laugh, and all who hear will laugh with me.”
So remember to laugh, long and often. It’s good for you!