My dear sister Betty just visited me from Australia, where she’s been living for the past two decades. It was great to be able to spend some time together, telling jokes, checking out food haunts, talking about things that really matter, and praying for each other. We spent several hours at my sister-in-law’s ocean-front apartment a few days ago, just lounging around on the balcony and enjoying the view. It was so therapeutic.
Yesterday, her last day here in Singapore, we attended church together and laughed ourselves happy during the sermon. My senior pastor’s a really funny guy. He really knows how to bring the Bible alive. Everybody looks forward to Sundays at New Creation Church, known for its refreshing, joyful and uplifting services. The musicians and the singers get you on your feet clapping and dancing, the messages are powerful and encouraging, and the jokes crack you up. Sunday services give us the boost we need to face each new week.
No wonder Betty likes to visit my church every time she’s in town, and she’s always asking me to send her the recordings of the pastors’ (there are several) messages. Fortunately, New Creation Church broadcasts to the US, Australia and Africa and DVDs and CDS are also available online, so people across the world can also be encouraged and strengthened wherever they are.
Laughter is medicine for the spirit, so my church takes joy very seriously. We even have a “ministry of laughs”. As Pastor Joseph Prince said yesterday:
“A joyful heart is good medicine,
But a broken spirit dries up the bones”
He also shared this verse:
“The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
And a good report makes the bones healthy”
Spending time with my beloved sister and indulging in positive, happy activities has been good medicine for both of us.