Living In God’s Pocket – A Lesson from Del Barber

Last fall I had the privilege of listening to Del Barber ( a singer/songwriter from Manitoba. He was an invited artist to the Shelter Valley Folk Festival. (  Del is a Juno nominee who shares a worldview of critique and hope that makes one take note and listen. His story telling and introductions between songs were punctuated with a phrase that captured the sense of being in a place where things are good. It being Labour Day, with the weather being warm, enjoying good company, listening to uplifting music, having good food and drink, he commented … “This is what it must feel like to be living in God’s pocket.” It’s a phrase that he learned from his father.

Many times since that weekend I have found myself in situations and thought, “This is what it must be like to be living in God’s pocket.”

I was so touched by this phrase that I had Del Barber autograph a CD with this phrase and had the foresight to get his verbal permission to use it – if that counts for anything.


Author: Jasper Hoogendam

After 36 years as an educator my career ended due to a TBI. Renewable energy as part of 'walking lightly on this earth' has been and continues to be my interest since my teen years. Since early 2015 I have been learning to live with ABI (Acquire Brain Injury). I don't want to let my ABI limit the goals I set for myself. I'm living with a different brain, not a lesser brain. In sharing my day to day successes and struggles, I am better able to understand how my life had changed and begin to accept the change. In sharing my experiences I'm hearing from caregivers and fellow ABI's. I'm encouraged when my experiences are helping others understand some of the complexity of living with ABI.

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