Thanks for the Laughter

Picture it (as Sophia Petrillo (Estelle Gette) from the sitcom Golden Girls would say) ... March 2014 ... sometime midmorning ... the hallway at work ... I am almost at the end of the hall and about to round the corner with the scale when I hear the restroom door open behind me at the other end of the hall ... A gentleman says in a serious tone, "Hey!" ... I turn around and he continues on with "I hear laughter!" (Staff and patients were laughing and carrying on conversations in the patient areas). Not sure where this conversation was about to go, I said "yes". He then smiled, put his hands together, bowed his head and said "Thank You". He then clapped and gave me a thumbs up. 

For those of you who don't know, I work in an Outpatient Infusion Center. We see a variety of patients for a variety of reasons. Some come monthly, weekly and even daily for treatment. We get to know our patients and their families and some of the struggles they are going through. While this at times can be a serious setting, it at times can also be a setting in which laughter is contagious. I was immediately blessed with the amazing positive attitudes brought into my life daily. These amazing attitudes also bring laughter and an appreciation for what is really and truely important in life.

As we journey through this season of Lent, we have been talking about Sacred Spaces. The hallway at work that day became a Sacred Space. A space and an experience that I will never forget. Ecclesiastes 3:1 and 4 shares "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;"

Where have you experienced a Sacred Space? A moment? Where have you laughed or even danced? Life gets so serious sometimes that it may be easy to forget these things. I am a little behind the times when it comes to the latest music so some of you may have already heard "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. I along with some of my colleagues were recently introduced to this song by some of our patients ... it is a catchy number so I will share it with you ... I hope you enjoy it ... you may even find yourself tapping your toes.

Dear God, thank you for our moments of Sacred Space. Thank you for the gifts of laughter and dance and may we find more of these each day. In your name we pray, Amen. 

April Schauer

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