“Rev. Theodore L. Cuyler, the celebrated Brooklyn divine, was visiting the famous London preacher, Rev. Charles H. Spurgeon.  After a hard day of work and serious discussion, these two mighty men of God went out into the country together for a holiday.  They roamed the fields in high spirits like boys let loose from school, chatting and laughing and free from care.  Dr. Cuyler had just told a story at which Mr. Spurgeon laughed uproariously.  Then suddenly he turned to Dr. Cuyler and exclaimed, ‘Theodore, let’s kneel down and thank God for laughter!’  And there, on the green carpet of grass, under the trees, two of the world’s greatest men knelt and thanked the dear Lord for the bright and joyous gift of laughter.”

The Sabbath Recorder, 4 January 1915, page 157.

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3 thoughts on “The gift of laughter”

  1. Brad says:

    That’s a great story and a perfect and practical example of what genuine Christian affection should like in our largely loveless age. Certainly, this example is worthy of emulation.

  2. EJDolce says:

    EVERY good and perfect gift is from above coming down from the Father of heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows!

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