Nerf-Gun Wars and Other Sources of Laughter

by Nan Jones   @NanJonesAuthor

This is a Christmas story.

Or not.

Actually it’s a story of an amazing, resilient family glued together by God’s love.

Several years ago our family suffered enormous loss and upheaval. With Christmas approaching apprehension filled my heart. How could we possibly celebrate? How could we find joy and laughter when our hearts lay tattered and torn at our feet? Even purchasing gifts for my three adult children and young grandson seemed impossible.

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But God had a plan.

And His grace definitely proved to be sufficient.

Christmas morning came and the kids with their significant others arrived, each a little more solemn than usual. Hugs lasted a bit longer. “Merry Christmas” was spoken in quiet whispers.

We gathered in the living room. I served coffee and hot chocolate as my grandson began passing out gifts.

Out of the corner of my eye I watched. And waited.

And then the laughter erupted.

“Oh man! I got trail mix!”

“What? Homemade macaroni and cheese? My favorite! Thanks, Mom.”

Chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and kettle-cooked potato chips were among the Christmas gifts I purchased with emergency food stamps. Rather than being appalled, the kids thought it was hysterical, taking turns trying to guess what the next package held.

We laughed until our faces hurt.

It was so good to laugh again.

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I thought that was our Christmas fun, but God wasn’t finished …

When looking for laughter any fort will do.
When looking for laughter, any fort will do.

The girls and I headed for the kitchen to finish up Christmas dinner. We heard whispers coming from the men, their footsteps on the stairs.

A few moments later a full-out nerf-gun war broke out. The guys were whooping and hollering as foam “bullets” whizzed through the house. Grown men raced to hide behind doors only to peek out to take a shot at their opponent.

My grandson ambushed me from behind when I bent over to check the ham in the oven.

Yes! He did.

You would have thought my home was a fort for an army of ten-year-olds, instead of a Christmas haven with grown men! All the stress the boys had carried the past several months slid off them like a snake shedding its skin. They were free. They were happy.

And they were having crazy fun!

I’m sure their whoops could be heard throughout our mountain hollar.

I believe the ruckus was heard in the throne room of our Heavenly Father, too.

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And I believed He smiled.

Nothing can separate us from our Father's love.
Nothing can separate us from our Father’s love.

Life’s expectations go unmet sometimes and sometimes we spiral into a deep, dark pit of despair. But, you know what?

Nothing separates us from our Father’s love and His tender watchcare. No thing.

He delights in our laughter.

He restores what the enemy has stolen

And He lets us be kids again when the strains from a fallen world get to be too much.

No family is perfect — we all have our quirks and idiosyncrasies. We all have unpleasant issues from time to time, but family is forever — an eternal gift from the Lord.

Not to mention, a great source of laughter.

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Nan Jones

Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire where she is a monthly contributor. She is also a monthly contributor to PW Connections, a blog and forum to encourage pastors' wives. Nan has had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor's Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. This memoir was a 2016 Selah finalist. When Nan isn't writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at The Perils of a Pastor's Wife is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and LPC Bookstore

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    1. Thank you Melissa. We had a wonderful time. It’s one of those Christmases we’ll never forget and will always be thankful for. Sweet blessings to you, Nan

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