joy bits

In our reading in John this morning, there just happens to be a couple of verses perfect for our theme; Jesus talks about the joy to come (when we see Him), plus the joy we can have in the present:

“When I see you again, you’ll be full of joy, and it will be a joy no one can rob from you.  You’ll no longer be so full of questions.  This is what I want you to do: Ask the Father for whatever is in keeping with the things I’ve revealed to you.  Ask in my name, according to my will, and he’ll most certainly give it to you. Your joy will be a river overflowing its banks!” (John 16:22-24)

In our other readings, it’s no surprise to come across more references to joy, since they are Advent devotionals.  With his characteristic unique insight, Nouwen suggests that in the midst of our joy we should not forget lonely moments… “If I am able to remember loneliness during joy, I might be able in the future to remember joy during loneliness and so be stronger to face it and help others face it.”

This prayer, from a different booklet, doesn’t seem directly related–but we just like it:

“Let me have the courage to live fully
        even when it is risky,
vibrantly
        even when it leads to pain,
spontaneously
        even when it leads to mistakes. 
But let me live always for you, so that I can be molded by you into an instrument of your word.  Amen.”

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