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Topic: Laughter (10/18/04)

TITLE: The Father's Joy
By Debbie OConnor


One of the greatest pleasures in my life is hearing my children laugh, and they laugh a lot. They tell silly stories and laugh. They make silly faces and laugh. They laugh at nothing at all. And I laugh with them.

I enjoy my children’s laughter so much that from almost the first minute I held them I was trying to provoke it. I tickled their backs and blew raspberries on their bellies in pursuit of giggles and smiles. Now that they are older I still tell silly stories, make funny faces, chase them around, and sing goofy songs in pursuit of this most beautiful noise. And I am only a very limited, very selfish, human mom.

God is the best possible Father. We are His children. Seeing us happy brings Him pleasure. Hearing our laughter delights Him. In Matthew 7:11 the Bible says, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”

Laughter is a gift from God. It should be cherished and used to glorify Him.

The Father’s Joy

As a mother holds her baby boy
And delights in him
Our Father holds His children
And loves to laugh with them

As we revel in those baby steps
Sweet giggles, smiles and coos
Our Father watches as we grow
And enjoys the good we do

As Sarah did with Isaac
God laughs at our surprise
That He does the impossible
To give us abundant lives

As we who are so limited
Would quick give all we have
To bless our children mightily
And ache to see them sad

How much more our Father
Loves to hear us laugh
We enjoy His blessings
And He is pleased with that

Member Comments
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Teresa Lee Rainey10/25/04
Welcome to Faithwriters! This is a beautiful poem and there is great insight in your words. :^)
darlene hight10/25/04
Beautifully written and great truth. We human mom's will do anything to hear the sound of our kids laughter and yet at times we think God isn't interested in our happiness? Ridiculous
Lucian Thompson10/25/04
Debbie, wow, your poem was terrific, and what a beautiful piece for your first submission. Please, fill in the profile so we can get to know you. Welcome to Faith Writers and, well done.
Corinne Smelker 10/25/04
Welcome to Faith Writers, and what a way to introduce yourself!

Great poem!
Debbie OConnor10/25/04
Thank you so much for your kind words! I am working my way through all your entries and have been so blessed by them. Having your feedback is priceless!
Joanne Malley10/25/04
So glad you jumped right into the Challenge! I enjoyed your poem very much.
John Hunt10/26/04
Great article, great prose, and great lesson.
Nicely done.
L.M. Lee10/26/04
delightful poem on the Father's gift to us.
Glenda Lagerstedt10/26/04
Wonderful reminder of our Father's love for us. Good job.
Rita Garcia10/26/04
Debbie, Welcome to FaithWriters. Great entry, love your poem! Blessings, Rita
Mitzi Busby10/27/04
Wonderful poem and great insight. Your writing is a blessing!
Marina Rojas10/27/04
This was a very good way to cover the topic, I am looking forward to seeing more of your work. Excellent.
Verlie Ruhl10/28/04
Such a simple truth, so succinctly stated. Great job!
Barbara Ann Smith10/29/04
This was a dynamite article! You brought back many memories of laughter to me as I read your article. Laughter causes others to laugh and that's what your article did for me as I sit and relived some of the funny happenings, years ago, with my children. I enjoyed the beautiful poem too & I'm looking forward to reading more of your writings.