Tears of Joy

A precious moment…

Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey

“Joy comes when your heart is in another. Joy comes after years of changing diapers, driving to practice, worrying at night, dancing in the kitchen, playing in the yard and just sitting quietly together watching TV. Joy is the present that life gives you as you give away your gifts.” So said David Brooks in his NYT essay “The Difference between Joy and Happiness.”

It brought to mind a day about eight years ago when my family gathered for bedtime prayers with my oldest grandson. In the midst of the prayer my eyes shed tears of joy. We had raised our precious daughter and now she was raising this precious little two year old.

Thirty five years before that I was in essence lonely and single. I met the love of my life. Now the good Lord had blessed us with a precious family of seven to include our wonderful…

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