Joy - Monday, December 14
. . . let the field exult, and everything in it.Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy . . .Psalm 96:12 (NSRV)
I am blessed to live with someone who is a living embodiment of the word "joy" on a daily basis – my dog Bailey. Bailey is a twelve year old Golden Retriever/Cocker Spaniel mix who we adopted a little over four years ago. Like many dogs, Bailey would prefer to be with us twenty-four hours a day, which makes him get a little lonely when Michael and I are at work and the kids are at school. Due to this, every time we come into the house after being gone for any length of time, when we open the door there Bailey is smiling and prancing around on his paws, running from one of us to the other giving us happy little sniffles, his two inch long Cocker Spaniel tail wagging so hard his whole backside sways from side to side. You can feel the joy radiating off of him, and no matter how bad of a day I have had I can’t help but feel joyful as well.
As we get older and older it seems we refrain from showing our joy to other people, maybe out of embarrassment or maybe just because the joy gets overshadowed by our larger worries and concerns. As Bailey has shown me, however, joy is contagious, and if we could just freely express ourselves in those joyful times we will brighten the lives of those we come into contact with. Especially in these difficult economic times and short, rainy winter days, my hope is that we can each recognize those joyful moments in our day and share them with those around us with uninhibited abandon.