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verse 13: “Even in laughter the heart may be in pain, And the end of joy may be grief.”

One of the TV shows I grew up watching was M*A*S*H. As a child I enjoyed the joking antics and cut-up humor (no pun intended) of the surgeons and staff at MASH 4077; it wasn’t until later that I understood its historical roots in the Korean War (and the movie that was its pilot). Dr. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce, as played by Alan Alda, was the chief surgeon of the outfit; he was also known for his quick wit and joking manner. A line he said once in an episode stands out in my mind: someone disdainfully questioned how he could always joke and make light in the face of war and death. His reply was something like “if I didn’t joke or laugh about it, I’d be here screaming.”

Emotions are strange things. We can be happy one minute, sad the next. There are those around us who may look like they are happy, yet be masking pain and depression. The devil can use emotions to get at us, too. In the turbulent sea of emotional waters, there is a Rock. His name is Jesus. When we trust our lives to Him, He can steer us through these waters. He is with us in good times and in bad times. We should remember to always turn to Him, no matter what our emotional state.

Something to think about.

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