Where Humor Grew

“Where are you from?”

This is a question I get asked a lot because I do not sound like I am from Texas. My answer usually goes something like this: I was born in England, lived in California, then spent really the first third of my life in Arizona, the middle split between Ohio and Virginia, and here I am in Texas.  I never thought of myself as having a true hometown – that is until recently.

When the tornadoes went through Ohio not even a week ago, I instantly identified with Beavercreek as “My Hometown.”  I have so many great memories and grew a lot in each of the places we lived, but there is something about Beavercreek that attached itself to me as my hometown.  I finally was able to pinpoint why – because it is the place where my love and appreciation of humor and my own sense of humor developed.


Humor is a very important and underestimated aspect of our lives. Humor has gotten me through some difficult times. Being able to laugh at ourselves in the midst of failures or fear, is  a great thing.

Proverbs offers two great insights into this and its importance:

Proverbs 17:22, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”

Proverbs 14:13, “Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.”

If love covers a multitude of sin, then laughter must cover a multitude of heartache.



Published by raelynpracht

Writer. Reader. Lifetime Learner. Follower of Christ.

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