Laughing babies

Confession time: I’m a sucker for laughing babies.  They appear on YouTube (and even in real life) on a regular basis and I can’t resist them.  They make me laugh, they bring me joy.  There’s something about a laughing child that cuts through cynicism, fear, and hatred like a Coast Guard cutter breaking through floes of ice to save not just a life, but humanity.

The internet is overflowing with these cuties and I could watch them all.  Babies are nearly perfect.  It’s no wonder Jesus said, “the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

The latest and maybe greatest video is of a baby named Emerson who is freaked out by his mother blowing her nose.  Check it out…

This is so precious, hysterical, and exhilarating, I could watch it about every three minutes, which gives me two minutes to enjoy and recover from the effects of viewing the one minute snippet.

I can’t be alone in my obsession.  Baby Emerson has over 7,000,000 views as of this writing and “Baby Laughing Hysterically at Ripping Paper” has over 12,000,000.  Those numbers represent more than a mere desire for entertainment.  There’s a need being filled here.

With all the insanity swirling around our world, threatening to turn it inside out or at least turn us each inside out, I believe we need that innocent laugh.  It’s an escape, yes, but it’s also a submission to purity, joy, and love.  Just as we need to pull the car over and refill the tank (at more than $3.50 a gallon, no less) we need to stop and refill our souls.  They are often empty because this world can only drain us, it can’t fill.

The Psalmist says that “children a reward from him [God]”.  Those children don’t even have to be my own.  Their laughter is reward to me and any young enough to hear it.

Baby Laughing Hysterically at Ripping Paper


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