“somebody to divide it with…”

“Grief can take care of itself, but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.” –Mark Twain

I know that having community and bearing pain with another at your side is helpful. Beneficial. Healthy. But I love this quote. Because it is true at least for me, that in my dark moments, my instinct is to bury my head in my pillow and throw the covers over myself in tears. But when there is joy…. I just gotta tell someone! Share it!

I see this all the time in my 2 year old. “Mom, come and see!” “Mom, watch this!” “Mom, oooh, look at that!” My Levi is a constant sharer of joy. He and his buddy Henry cause each other some tears… but even more beautiful is the laughter and good times they share.

We have to teach our kids to share their toys. To share their space. To share their life,  their will, their priorities. But joy… it is freely given. And then multiplied! I cannot begin to tell you how many times my kids make me laugh during the day. Many times when I shouldn’t be! But I love this reflection of God in us.

There was a season, just a few short months ago as my postpartum depression kicked in, when my laughter was harder to come by. And so these days I am so grateful for the easy laughter that comes to my lips, shared with my son and daughter. And especially those grins and snickers shared through meaningful eyes with my hubby-love 🙂

I praise God for his word in Job 8:21 –

“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter
and your lips with shouts of joy.”

Here is to laughter and joy, easily shared!

(Written as a part of Five Minute Friday, this week’s prompt: share.)

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3 thoughts on ““somebody to divide it with…”

  1. This is so true about shared grief and sharing joy! One of my favourite quotes is about this very thing. It’s from a science fiction/fantasy series of books by Spider Robinson. In them, the main character tells a number of people that “Shared pain is lessened; shared joy increased, thus do we refute entropy.” I read the series years ago, but the quote remains with me and reminds me that even in my darkest hours (and I’ve struggled w/major depressive disorder most of my life, so I understand where you’re coming from), I need to share that with others in the same way that I can’t wait to share joy. LOVE the picture of your son and his friend! Such cuties! Stopping by from #60 at FMF this week!

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