Psalm 68:3-6 (NIV) reads: “But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. Sing to God, sing in praise of his name, extol him who rides on the clouds; rejoice before him—his name is the LORD. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.”
When God “sets the lonely in families”—to be more specific, in our Party of One fellowship—we not only commune with one another and share a meal, we also comfort, support, encourage, and pray for one another.
Personally, I think one of the best things we do for each other is LAUGH.
Proverbs 15:13 (NIV) says: “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 17:22 (NIV) echoes that sentiment: “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”
Even though everyone laughs—sometimes alone, sometimes with others—I believe we can all agree that laughing with others is better.
Another thing, have you ever thought how difficult it is to do some things when you’re laughing? Like whine about your love life . . . stay mad . . . hold a self-pity party . . . feel lonely . . . criticize anything . . . gossip . . . be judgmental . . . worry . . . or be depressed?
Okay, there might be a few disadvantages to all the laughing we do at the Party of One. It can be difficult to abide by the rules of etiquette when you laugh and chew at the same time. Some complain that it’s not easy to maintain a certain level of sophistication when you swallow your drink and it comes back up through your nose. Others say it’s near impossible to laugh and appear graceful while making a cross-legged mad dash to the restroom before it’s too late. [No worry; most of us make it in time.]
Looking to share a laugh or two or three? Come join Party of One, a fellowship for those who are tired of dining alone. If you can’t come to us, then email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can start a Party of One chapter near you. You won’t be sorry, I promise, and it won’t cost you a thing. Honest.