Vicarious Pleasure

This morning, I sit on my daughter’s backporch enjoying the fresh air, slight breeze, and her dog, Coal, asleep at my feet. It doesn’t get much better. But I say that not because of my wonderful venue to write today’s Pew, but because my children are all well and happy.

We are at Caroline’s watching her children while she and Jeremy are enjoying a much-needed weekend away. Rebecca and Kelley are sending pictures of Jazzfest in New Orleans with their families, and Walter and Missy are attending college graduations for their twins. I don’t need to be in any of those locations, I am as content as a person can be, basking in the happiness of my kids. Besides, my grandkids provide an energetic entertainment uniquely their own.

I think of God right now and how he/she feels when his children are happy. God is enjoying the vicarious pleasure that I am. It is a moment like this where I am confident that God is pleased with his/her creation.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.


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