Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Joy and sadness

In the heart of every Christian is a gift from the Holy Spirit: joy. Joy is to happiness as gold is to brass. Even in an atmosphere that tarnishes and corrodes, a Christian’s joy keeps shining. That means we can rejoice when we’re sad. Losing someone we love, suffering with sickness, or staring into the face of outrageous wrong will make us grieve—sometimes deeply. But sadness doesn’t steal our joy. Our souls are at peace with God and the new, flawless creation he’s bringing about. As the Psalmist said, “Weeping may last for the night—but in the morning, joy.”

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley

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