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Funny but not funny

Matt Richards

Proverbs 14:13 Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains.

Some, dare i say many people that are laughing and joking are broken inside. In fact many after a few 'sherbets' are the life n soul of the party but end the night crying themselves to sleep. I was once doing Church on the Street in Badildon (at least ten years ago) and a lady was laughing n joking with us all. When i went to walk away the Holy Spirit said: 'she's broken n depressed.' I felt real silly saying it to her, but i turned round and i said:" i know this sounds strange but do you suffer with depression.?" She bursts into tears. See it was funny but not funny.. The joking, the laughter, even the loudness was all just a front. Broken inside. Depressed, hurting suicidal; but with a smile on her face all the time. How many hurting, broken, suicidal people are there out there laughing n joking.? Never assume just because of a smile someone is ok. Some people wear there smile like their covid mask; when they feel they need protection to hide their hurt, to keep people at a distance. The bible talks about Joy more than laughter. Joy is God - given and is not dependent on financial or emotional well-being. Joy is a gift. A gift from God. You need, i need, this world needs Joy. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is Joy. 'For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.' The Joy of the Lord is my stregnth. Are you funny but not funny? There is healing..there is Joy in Jesus. Prayer Father thank You for Joy unspeakable and full of Glory. Thank You that in spite of circumstances i can live in Your Joy. Help me to recognise others that are in pain and bring healing and spread Joy today in Jesus name amen.

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