Joy in the Storm

Stephen L Hufman

Snow storm in the Tumwater Canyon Joy after a storm

Joy is a blessing of highest order.
Like rays of sunshine warming what ever it touches.
Yet it disappears with the slightest disturbance.
Why is something so good so fragile?
Joy runs at the first hint of trouble.
It is easily hidden by clouds of struggle,
And overwhelmed by the slightest ripple in life.
Joy dies whenever grief rolls in.
Is there a way to hold on to it through all life’s trials?
Once a year we celebrate the joy of Christmas, propping it up with presents.
But the bright packages prove futile against the doldrums of winter.
Maybe the problem is:
We seek the ephemeral joy instead of the eternal.
Settle for a hint of joy rather than push on to the fullness of joy.
Run after a gift instead of the giver.
Worship the created instead of the creator.

In Your presence is fullness…

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4 thoughts on “Joy in the Storm

  1. Sherelyn Campbell December 5, 2016 at 2:48 pm Reply

    Hi Vicki,
    Im a new subscriber to your Living on Vancouver Island blog, but have been following for a while . I found you earlier this year because of a post you made as “Selah” to Rosemary Washington’s Seattle blog. I’ve wanted to comment on your November 23 post re: the unusual gravestone of Nigel Kingscoate, but Im not on FB or Twitter, and the WordPress log-in is only for bloggers. So I thought I’d try reaching you through the comment section here.
    The Cemetery Society of Victoria newsletter (Sept-Oct 2013) quotes “Tales the Tombstones Tell: A Walking Guide to Cemeteries of the Cowichan Valley” , saying that the hands represent the farmer, Nigel Kingscoate, resting on his shovel handle after a lifetime of work. Nigel and his wife, Dorothy, operated a commercial piggery. Nigel was still working when he died at age 82 in 1986. Dorothy died in 2004. Just thought you’d like to solve the Nigel pole mystery.
    A bit about me: Im a devout Christian, age 68, who enjoys genealogy (thus, the “sleuth” email address). I just moved to Bainbridge Island, WA (from Santa Cruz, CA) to be close to my son’s family. I love Vancouver Island and so enjoy your photos and stories. A blessed Christmas to you & your’s.

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    • Vicki December 5, 2016 at 2:55 pm Reply

      hello Sherelyn, thank you so much for this information, I appreciate it very much. I am a Christian as well, saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ in 1987. Blessings to you as well, and again, thank you for this information, I will add it to the earlier post.


  2. peggyjoan42 November 29, 2016 at 4:49 am Reply

    Beautiful Vicki.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vicki November 29, 2016 at 7:26 am Reply

      I’m happy you liked it, I have had a block lately writing for this blog myself, so I’ve re-blogged a couple of posts from other blogs that have spoken to my heart. This is one of them.

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