“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13
Today’s post may ramble a little so I hope you hang with me while I wander around my thoughts. I’m thinking about marks…you know…impressions, dents, brands…stuff like that. Life is full of marks, impressions that shape our experiences, the seasons and all the relationships involved.
Some marks are deeper than others…some even cause pain…some bring joy…some deliver both.
See that smiling couple above...that’s my son Matthew and Samantha, the young woman he is courting (yes I said courting). This is a mark of joy, seeing two young people who love God and their family enough to start this relationship off right. Their joy (they look happy don’t they? You should see both sets of parents!) runs right off both of them on to all of us…priceless.
Their shared joy is a welcomed mark right now.
Matt and his siblings brought their mark to the VA Hospital this past Sunday. My father-in-law Jim has been there for a few weeks now, fighting cancer and other ailments, many of his days are clouded with some drug induced fog. The sight of his grandchildren parted that fog and for a few hours he was alive again. Swallowed up in their stories, their energy and their love for him, he became the PopPop they remembered before this awful disease attacked him.
The joy mark will do that.
I encourage you…leave a mark…make a deep impression of joy in someone’s’ life today. You may just lift a fog of sorrow off them. I know Matt’s and Samantha’s joy mark has done that for me.