Jamie smallI am turning 72. Last August my wife danced during our anniversary singing, “This is the Best Year Ever.” She made the song up and it was sweet.

Meditation has been huge in the process which has taken me from frustration and resentment to a peace that passes anything that I had hoped for. With King David I can say that the boundaries of my life fall in pleasant places (Ps 16.6).

Recently I realized that I was fearful of joy. “I’ll fix your little red wagon,” was something I heard more than once growing up from bullies and unhappy people in my life. How slow I have been to realize my freedom to chose those I bring into my lives. I forget that I am not responsible for other’s frustration. I have enough of my own to manage. I structure my time in meditation or remember this not just on a theoretical level but on the level of the moments of living.

One of the questions I ask life is, “Where have I seen joy?(Gal 5:22-23)” then shut up and listen. Joy is one of God’s gifts. So I write the moments down and give thanks.  It is good to take time to remember Joy, one of God’s many kindnesses to us.


About the author

I help people listen for God in their lives. As a pastor and a friend I think relationships are both fascinating and rich in their own right. I was evacuated from a war zone as a child and lived with to highly stressed parents. My life has been a search for Peace and the discovery of Joy in everyday moments.

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