Ripples of Joy

Date: March 28, 2023

Sadly, I had a family gathering booked in for the weekend. So, I missed the Variety Show. But I have heard some really good reports. Once again, talent was showcased. We have people who can play, sing, and make others laugh. I am delighted that the Student Government organized the event.

One of my Lent exercises is to learn to really appreciate the good moments. Too often, I take them for granted and move on too quickly. So, this weekend was a moment when I was able to really listen to my son Luke and his girlfriend Sam; I was able to enjoy connecting with my sister-in-law, Elaine, and her husband Ian. We all enjoyed attending the home of Barney and Linda Hawkins and having a fabulous dinner. Instead of simply living through the moment, I am trying to consciously enjoy, not simply the occasion, but also the memory.

I hope those of you who were present for the Variety Show can do the same. Joy is a Christian discipline: living intentionally and deeply is the secret to enjoying the countless ripples of joy that pervade our lives.

The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D.
The Dean and President of Virginia Theological Seminary and the President of The General Theological Seminary

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