You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy; in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.” vs. 11Psalm 16:7-11
We wouldn’t know it from the television and streaming programs we watch in our leisure time, but there is a good and decent way to live, and it is possible to find joy and pleasure in daily living. We don’t have to have one crisis after another and be so afraid that we isolate ourselves in our homes. Of course ugly things happen in our world–they happened in the days of the psalmist too. But the psalmist had a close connection to God, not just occasionally, but always. His every day was full of God’s presence and he reveled in the blessings of the universe. There were wonders at every hand, and inside he felt enormous peace and serenity. God is every bit as present to us as to the psalmist–the Divine Presence fills the universe. And as we open our hearts and minds to that Presence, we learn to see the goodness of our lives. In fact, when we’re tuned in to God we discover that every cloud has a silver lining, and as our lives play themselves out, with day following day in an endless progression, we will regularly be surprised by joy and contentment. The key is gentle, selfless living and loving every day, and not the relentless pursuit of power and riches. Once we learn that, life is extraordinarily beautiful!
Thought for the Day: What gives me joy and pleasure every day?