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Laughter Resurrection

Bernard Martin, writes the following story in his book If God Does Not Die.

One day a pastor was called from a children's party at the Sunday school to visit a young woman whose world had collapsed into an acute depression following the death of her husband in an auto accident. She had withdrawn from everyone and shut herself in her bedroom with the blinds pulled, and she didn't communicate with anyone, including her children, because she said they reminded her of her dead husband. The minister left the party in a show of confetti which the children had thrown at him. He brushed it out of his hair and from his coat as he prepared to call on the depressed woman.

When he arrived at the woman's house, he entered her darkened bedroom and told her who he was, but there was no response. He could faintly see her pitiful form lying motionless on the bed. He tried to carry on a conversation with her, but she was unresponsive. He reached out to touch her hand, but it lay lifeless in his. So he just sat with her in the dark silence for a time.

Then he decided to act. He wanted to see the woman face to face,

to read Scripture and pray. So he turned on the bedside lamp.

The woman blinked and stared at him blankly. As he took out his Testament which he carried in his handkerchief pocket of his jacket,

and opened it, confetti fell from it all over the bed. After an anxious and flustered moment, the minister burst into laughter.

And that did it. First a smile appeared on the woman's face, and then she broke into quiet laughter. She reached out her hands to the minister in the joy of resurrection. They prayed together and she left her darkness to return to the light.

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