Category Archives: Joy

Chasing after the wind

  For most people happiness is about money and status. Even though life teaches us otherwise, most of us never stop chasing them. There’s nothing new about this. One of the most poignant expressions of it was penned three thousand … Continue reading

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Strong on pleasure but weak on joy

We live in a society that is strong on pleasure but weak on joy. We are blessed with so many opportunities for entertainment and personal fulfilment. No previous generation was so protected from want and disease. We are more highly … Continue reading

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What tides of grace flowed from that attic bedroom.

William Barclay tells the story of a servant-girl whose personal search for meaning in life resulted in a profound experience of the presence of God. But the demands of serving in a large house gave little freedom to do much … Continue reading

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‘Look to him and be radiant.’

Most of us believe that joy comes because of improving our environment, but life constantly teaches us that it doesn’t. It may bring momentary happiness, but our common experience is that it’s only temporary. The pleasure of a new car, … Continue reading

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What seems to be tragic may actually become an occasion for joy

Joe Wagner once attended an auction where a little girl’s champion lamb went up for sale. As the bids came in, the little girl, standing beside the lamb, began to cry. The higher the bids rose, the more she cried. … Continue reading

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‘You could never know how wonderful everything is.’

For fifty one years Bob Edens was blind. He felt his way through five decades of darkness until one day a skilled surgeon performed a complicated operation and, for the first time, Bob Edens had sight. He found it overwhelming. … Continue reading

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‘With joy in my heart’

Alec Guinness described how, one day while walking through London, he felt an irresistible urge to enter a church. He said, ‘With joy in my heart, and in a state of almost sexual excitement, I knelt; caught my breath, and … Continue reading

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