Upon Finding My Father’s Masonic Bible: Fulness of Joy

I’ve often ventured down behind the furnace where I’ve stashed a lot of old books. Today I came across a Bible, given to my father in 1950 on some Masonic occasion. The faded light blue King James Version fell open to some prayers of David.

Recently I had come across Psalm 16:11, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” And so I read the eleventh verse and then I read the previous ten. Being seven decades into the a path of life myself, I had to ask if the Lord had shown me the path of life. I am still contemplating that question so I have no answer yet.

Like many people living in 2014 I have been mostly secular. One thing I know. David when he sought God’s preservation, wasn’t thinking much about a new iPad, PC or even a new Hyundai. And unlike me and my greatest recent pleasure, he wasn’t thinking much about the recent path of the Kansas City Royals. And yet we know that David, the King had his comparable pleasures. So in certain other moods, he thought of the “fulness of joy,” a far more profound and sacred joy than mere entertainment or even success. Such contemplations are very far from our amused minds these days. Or are they? Do the current atrocities like beheadings and devastating diseases like ebola make us long all the more for some transcendent joy? Of course, and that is why we make so much of little things like pennant races and Rose Bowls.

All I know for certain is that my trip down to the furnace room was worth it. I am thinking about the “fulness” of many things right now. David Milliken

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