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Topic: Laughter (10/18/04)

TITLE: A Conversation
By Barbara Ann Smith
10/20/04

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I could hear this conversation going on up stairs but I didn't know whom my mother was talking to. I could hear her laughter throughout the house. I crept upstairs and peeped into the bedroom. There she was down on her knees in prayer. I knelt down beside her and listened carefully to every word. She was thanking Jesus for the blessings and the answered prayers He had provided to our family. Giving Him thanks for the food we ate, for another day without an illness, for the house we lived in, and for showing her favor in all things in her life.

After each prayer of thanks unto Him, she lifted her arms toward Heaven laughed and praised His name. After awhile, she got up and noticed I was kneeling beside her listening to her prayers to Jesus.

I looked up at her and said, "Why do you laugh and lift your arms up in the air when you pray."

She looked down at me and said, "I was communicating with the most important Man in my life."

"More important than Daddy," I asked.

She cups my small head against her chest and answers, "Yes, our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, the one who hears, sees and knows everything. I feel it is important to give thanks unto Him for the blessings He gives to our daily lives, and to give back honor unto Him; therefore, I take time out of every day to give praise and laughter for my happiness back to Him."

"Do I know this Man? Does He know me? Why can't I see Him? Is He my Father too?" I asked.

Her arms encircled me, pulled me closer, and whispered, "Yes, you know this Man, it's Jesus, Jesus, the Man, I've read you stories and told you about since the day you were born. He is the Father of everyone who accepts Him as their Lord and Savior and believes He died for our sins. He knew you long before I did. We can't see Him now but we will, one day, when we meet Him in Heaven.

"Jennie, do you believe the stories I've told you about Jesus, and that He died for our sins?" I asked.

Studying for a while I hesitated and replied, "Yes, I believe in Jesus, I talk to Him every night like you do and He slips His protective arms around me when I'm afraid and helps me to go to sleep. I haven't ever lifted my arms up and laughed, but I will from now on."


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Melanie Kerr 10/25/04
I am going to do that when i pray! I am going to follow her example. That was wonderful - like a breathe of fresh air!
Corinne Smelker 10/25/04
What a lovely testimony to the joy of the Lord working when we praise Him. I think we all need to laugh more in His presence.
darlene hight10/26/04
Barbara,
what a blessed moment that must have been for you and your mom. I love the sincerity that speaks through this piece.
Blessings,
Darlene
Phyllis Inniss 10/26/04
What a good example for a child to follow and the warmth and sincerity shared between you.
Mitzi Busby10/27/04
Barbara, very tender and sweet. I loved it.
Marina Rojas10/27/04
The legacy a mother leaves her child towards a loving, laughing relationship with our Lord is just what every woman wants! This was a great great reminder of how important it is for our children to see us love God!
Debbie OConnor10/27/04
This was terrific. Great entry!
L.M. Lee10/28/04
what a precious moment
Kristin Slavik10/28/04
Barbara,
Great image of prayer! Good work.
Kristin
Teresa Lee Rainey10/29/04
Barbara, I am so thankful that I got around to reading this! What a beautiful moment of praise and testimony. :^)