shutterstock_84783586You know the time in a baby’s life when they learn that they can laugh out loud? It’s around the 6 month mark for most… To me, it is the most joyful noise on earth. Gut wrenching, tears rolling, face hurting laughter! It is wonderful… and hey, it works good like a medicine.

The other night I was watching something that had videos of this very topic. I found myself laughing so hard! But then …

That laughter turned into deep sorrow. I pleaded with ABBA, “Please, let me remember my baby’s laughter!!” Nothing.

I tried my best to recall the sound of my son’s first ‘belly laugh’ and couldn’t! In a flash, The Holy Spirit showed me that this was around the time my baby’s father died. During that season, I had walked around in shock. Not remembering much at all.

But then, HE reminded me of my granddaughter’s ‘belly laugh.’ I am so thankful that I was privy to that; and it brought a redemption of sorts. It satisfied and healed that part of my heart. It helped me believe that my baby laughed out loud, and that someone got to experience that precious moment.

“Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh”.  -Psalms 6:21

I’m not sure of the reason for me sharing this very intimate scenario. All I do know is there are suffering widows who are experiencing the same thing, and don’t even realize it. Their lives are turned upside down and focus is unattainable.

Can you buy a baby’s laughter for their mother to hear?  No.  

Sowing into The Lydia Project can’t buy laughter… but through your giving, you show love to a hurting world.  It helps to know that there will be food on the table, clothes on you and your children’s back. And it helps to know that people care. Prayer and giving are two of the most powerful resources at our disposal. Won’t you consider using these weapons for widows and orphans in the Land of Israel?

By the way…. in your spare time, find a video of a baby laughing out loud and let it heal your heart and brighten your day.

In His Shalom,

Angie Clark

The Lydia Project Coordinator