Moments of joy

Even the hardest lives have moments of joy. Let’s store them away and call them back when times are gloomy.

For me, yesterday was one of those joyful days to remember.

It was a simple family day. Our two daughters had sent their oldest daughters – aged 9 and 10 – to a Christian summer camp run by our son and daughter-in-law. Yesterday was pick-up time.

It was a beautiful sunny, mild day. We were greeted by our son and daughter-in-law and two of their children along with the two young campers. Much hugging and happy talk.

It was a busy time for our son and daughter-in-law because families were arriving to pick up their kids and to watch a rodeo – the camp is a horse camp.

The rodeo was fun. Most of the kids had no experience with horses before arriving at the camp days earlier, but there were counselors leading the horses for those who were too small. There were games and the kids squeezed sponges full of water over our son and daughter-in-law who are camp directors for the first time.

I had good chats with our son and two daughters and enjoyed our grandchildren.

A perfect day. A day to bring back to mind later on.

Remembering times of blessing is a biblical concept.

We see in the Old Testament that people put up altars of stone at places where God touched the lives of his people in special ways. These were intended to remind the people that God had worked great things in their lives.

Those who wrote the books of the Bible often referred to God’s activity among their forefathers – especially the miraculous escape of the children of Israel from Egypt.

Certain festivals – the Passover and others – marked special events in the long history of Israel. Christians focus especially on the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus.

Yesterday’s outing at the children’s summer camp may not be as world-shaking as the events in Jesus’ life.

But it was God’s gift to me. And I cherish it.

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