Laughing with Sarah

Laughing with Sarah

Thursday, June 18

Read: GENESIS 18:1-15; 21:5-6

Imagine poor Sarah. Her husband is playing host to three strangers. She overhears a visitor say she will give birth, and she laughs. Her “laugh” is probably one of sarcasm, of protection, a snort of sorts to go with her words of doubt. It’s a human reaction we have all experienced when we hear something we believe too good to be true. Her laugh might have been barely audible. When the visitor hears, questions her, she denies laughing. She doesn’t want the visitors to feel insulted.

A few chapters later, Sarah is laughing again (21:5-6), but in a different way. This laugh is one of thanksgiving, merriment, and joy at experiencing a miracle. Indeed, God has blessed Sarah with a son in her old age. It is a full laugh, encompassing body, mind, and soul. It is a laugh of wonderment that “everyone who hears” will share with her.

Lord, help me experience Sarah’s full laughter as I ponder the miracles you have done in my life. AMEN.

About the Author

Diane Riley is a charter member of Monadnock Covenant Church, in Keene, New Hampshire. Now semi-retired, she has been a staff writer and editor at a local newspaper, proofreader and copy editor, and, for a short time, a high-school English teacher and administrative assistant at her church.

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