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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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March 18, 2010 - The Healing Power of Laughter

By Scott Harrup

Bill Mauldin, the iconic World War II cartoonist, is being honored with a U.S. postage stamp. I think that’s great news.

Mauldin shares the stamp with his two best-known creations, Willie and Joe. Mauldin used the bearded, bag-eyed infantrymen to voice the pain and disillusionment their real-life counterparts experienced on the battlefields of the European theater. His cartoon captions spoke volumes in just a sentence or two, and his readers treasured each installment as a brief, humorous respite from their unbearable reality.

The gift of laughter — there’s no better medicine for the soul. When I get overloaded with life’s “stuff,” I turn to a trusted humor columnist, cartoonist or comedy movie/television series to find relief. It’s true; there is plenty of unwholesome humor to avoid. But there is also a wealth of laudable laugh lines to enjoy. Charles Schulz’s Peanuts immediately comes to mind. I’m sure you have your own favorites.

When I say that laughter is a gift, I firmly believe the Giver is divine. One of the greatest biblical references to laughter is found in Genesis. When Sarah gave birth to Isaac, the son of promise, she said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me” (Genesis 21:6, NIV). Isaac’s name is translated in various ways, but all the translations point back to laughter. So, near the very beginning of God’s story of redemption, a guy named Laughter takes center stage.

What are you going through today? Is it a financial burden, a health challenge, a relationship debacle or a job headache? Find a reason to laugh, even if the source is someone else’s humorous take on life. A chuckle won’t make the problem go away, but as you infuse your situation with joy you will find renewed strength to push through your day.

Who knows, someone might see you laughing and find some encouragement too.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (



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