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The Laughter of Friends

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We feel carefully of the gifts left unopened. Deciding whether to steal the gift  unwrapped by a friend or chance the remaining treasures. Contemplation amidst the laughter of friends. Sharing memories of Christmas parties past playing our annual game.

My friends, some close and others not as much, but all unafraid to be real, to be genuine with each other. Despite the situations, frustrations and heartaches many have faced the past year they are able to find laughter.

It’s their laughter that inspires me. Within their laughter I hear hope.

In their laughter I find Jesus.

The first Christmas brought us hope.

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord stood before them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terribly frightened. But the angel of the Lord said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:8-11 (NAS)

Among the ploys to buy the latest and supposedly greatest hope is easily lost.  Instead of gratitude for the blessings God gives us we can easily center our thoughts on what we don’t have or what we have lost. But the hope that the angels brought to the shepherds can still be found.

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived, saying, “Where is He who has born King of the Jews? For we saw his star in the east and have come to worship Him.” – Matthew 2:1-2 (NAS)

The Magi had to seek Jesus.

We have to seek if we want to find our hope.

But if we do, if we look, we will find it.

In the laughter of friends. It was there.

The hope of grace. The hope of love.

The hope of Christmas.

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  • Lisa notes... - December 16, 2010 - 9:52 am

    The hope of grace. I’m counting on it. I love the laughter of friends also. They bring me closer to the face of Jesus.
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  • amykiane - December 16, 2010 - 11:48 am

    They bring me closer to the face of Jesus. What a great way of putting it Lisa. Thanks for stopping by! — Amy
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  • Joy - December 16, 2010 - 4:51 pm

    We were designed to live in community, and to carry each other when we find ourselves hopeless. The laughter of friends is healing, and hope-giving indeed.
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  • Bonnie Gray | FaithBarista - December 16, 2010 - 5:28 pm

    Of course, you know what I’m thinking of, right? … laughter between friends does make Christmas the most memorable!
    Great to have your thoughts in today’s jam, Amy!
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  • amykiane - December 16, 2010 - 7:18 pm

    There is so much healing in genuine community isnt there? Thank you for stopping by my blog. — Amy
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  • amykiane - December 16, 2010 - 7:21 pm

    Im laughing so hard…again! My crazy typo. I laughed so much that afternoon. So thankful for even the friends Ive never met in person who I can laugh at myself with. 🙂 Thank you so much Bonnie for your encouraging words you so willingly share. — Amy
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  • Jeri Taira - December 16, 2010 - 8:04 pm

    Laughter, definitely! You’ve touched me today.
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  • amykiane - December 16, 2010 - 8:07 pm

    Thank you so much for stopping by Jeri! So glad my words spoke. Thank you again. – Amy
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  • Sheryl - December 16, 2010 - 8:57 pm

    Laughter is a gift that is so shareable! Being able to laugh together is on par with being able to cry together. Laughter and tears—the glue of community.
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