Share a Laugh—Bless a Friend
In Honor of Celebrating Friendship Month
By Frankie Sherman
I live in a sleepy little town in the Deep South. Sometimes after my morning workout I’ll have breakfast at our
local restaurant with some of my girlfriends. These women are diverse in age and background, but as
southern as sweet tea.
Over cups of hot coffee, we share things that only women can appreciate, and men would never understand.
It’s times like these I am extremely grateful for this wonderful gift of friendship. No wonder our Creator
designed us for fellowship.
In between bites of a wholegrain muffin, my dear friend, Martha, told us about putting her mother in a nursing
home and how difficult it had been. Yet in the next breath she reminded us of God’s incredible sense of
It seems her mother hasn’t a clue that she’s a patient there, but firmly believes she’s on staff as an
employee. In addition, she had been complaining to management because they weren’t paying her, and had
threatened to walk out. Martha is now bringing her mother money in a bank envelope and telling her that the
nursing home is doing a direct deposit, and she’s cashed her check. So far Mrs. Floyd continues to see
herself as a valued employee and is very helpful. Martha’s just praying her mother won’t ask for a pay raise!
We laughed with Martha till our sides hurt as she told that story. Our laughter made the truth of the situation
easier. That’s “why we need girlfriends!”
Anyone who has put a parent in a nursing home realizes how heart wrenching that is. Something precious
has ended. Roles have reversed and it hurts like a piercing knife.
This will be a hard journey for Martha, she’ll certainly need her girlfriends, and we’ll be there for her.
I am so glad God gave us a sense of humor and laced it with laughter. When utilized for goodness it will
restore a hurting soul. Who’s hurting in your circle of friends today? Now, go share some laughter. Both of
you will feel better.