laugh: small and glad, day 15

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Sometimes it’s the pure joy of the unexpected: a hundred-year-old man and his ninety-year-old wife conceiving a son?

Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Will a child be born to a man one hundred years old? And will Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” (Genesis 17:17)

Sarah laughed to herself, saying, “After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” (Genesis 18:12)

But why unexpected, in this King’s kingdom?

And the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I indeed bear a child, when I am so old?’ Is anything too difficult for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:13, 14)

Answer, here: No, nothing is too difficult.

Then the Lord took note of Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah as He had promised. So Sarah conceived and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the appointed time of which God had spoken to him. . . . Sarah said, “God has made laughter for me; everyone who hears will laugh with me.” And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? Yet I have borne him a son in his old age.” (Genesis 21:1-7)

Laugh with Sarah, yes, for God has made laughter for us, too; we could have expected only misery for our sins, and He has given us glory.

Then our mouth was filled with laughter
And our tongue with joyful shouting;
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us;
We are glad.
Psalm 126:2-3

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©2015 by Stacy Nott

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