The Bible tells me we are created in your image. I cling to that promise when I wear the mask of piety or struggle to be loving.
When I kiss my granddaughter’s neck and tickle her tummy, she erupts with a glorious giggle. Her infectious laugh causes me to wonder: if you are THE creator, does that mean you also invented giggles? Do you giggle?
You waved your hand and the universe was born. You designed the order of stars and planets and how things on earth grow and multiply. We stand in speechless amazement of your handiwork yet I think this innovative time was full of joy for you.
Did you smile when you developed the prototype of the elephant and decided to exchange its long tail and short nose with a short tail and long nose?
Did you kick up the dust with a cheering skip with when you threw like Frisbees, not one, not two but multiple rings around Saturn?
Were you thrilled to paint the faces on pansies or punch holes that look like cheese on the moon’s surface?
Did snickers erupt among the angels when they first saw shape and color of pineapples, the bouncing dance of dropped cranberry or tasted the tart, juicy lemon?
Were you in a happy zone forming the long graceful tendrils of the jelly fish or fabricated other fish to look like horses or stars?
You created and blessed us with joy.
Great are the works of the Lord; they are pondered by all who delight in them. Psalm 111: 2
Lord I ask you for the spirit of silliness when I sink into self pity, the gift of giggles when depression weighs heavy on my heart and the light of laughter when my eyes only see dark. You know the right time to send these gifts. Help me find the warmth of your smile and remember you created everything, including giggles.