God of tears and God of laughter. . . .
Laughter has been missing in much of my life.
I have been afraid of laughter because of the many times I was ridiculed and mocked.
Help me to know that love and laughter can go together.
Help me to discover the joy and delight in laughter shared.
Forgive me for the times my fear has led me to laugh at others.
Forgive those who have mocked me in the past.
Teach them and me the gift of loving laughter.

Jane Vennard, A Forgiving Heart by Lyn Klug, editor