circles of joy

      Yesterday, I watched someone bring a dark and heavy thing into the light of friendship, and the shame melted away like an ugly fog. If I were our dog Jimmy, I’d have spun around in circles of joy.

“Lord . . . You have turned my mourning into dancing.” Psalm 30:11

“[When] people rejoice together, the joy of each . . . inflames the other, and the warmth spreads throughout them all.” St. Augustine