Thank you, O Lord, for the gifts of laughter and joy. Thank you for your Spirit which rains down upon us and anoints us with the oil of your holiness. Sorrows come and sorrows go but your joy endures forever. Mere happiness gained from earthly things is fleeting and disappears like the morning dew in the hot sun of the desert. It is not dependable and it is not to be trusted. But surely God will give us joy in this life according to his promises, and that joy will last throughout eternity.
Lord, when your Spirit brings us laughter, it is true laughter indeed. It is a side-splitting laughter that knows no bounds. It is a laughter that renews a sorrowful heart and strengthens a tired body. It is a laughter that comes from you living inside of us and from our rejoicing that we are your child, created anew through Christ Jesus.
Blessed are those to whom the Holy Spirit gives joy and laughter.