We laughed, we sang,
we couldn't believe our good fortune.
We were the talk of the nations -
"God was wonderful to them!"
God was wonderful to us;
we are one happy people.
And now, GOD, do it again -
- Psalm 126
We fill our minds with the stories of God's acts. Joy has a history. Joy is the verified, repeated experience of those involved in what God is doing. It is as real as a date in history, as solid as a stratum of rock in Palestine. Joy is nurtured by living in such a history, building on such a foundation.