It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Chapter 5, Page 13, Book 17

my family when they were young

With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts

Eleanor Roosevelt

The Joy of Life is Love

Every man rejoices twice when he has a partner in his joy. He who shares tears with us wipes them away. He divides them in two, and he who laughs with us makes the joy double.

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

When we are ready and willing to share the joy of life and living, we clearly see the sacredness of all life. We are willing to uplift and to be uplifted. We convey love and hope in simple, unobtrusive ways, such as a gentle touch on the shoulder of a loved one or a smile to a stranger.

We need people in our lives to communicate the joy in our lives. Thanks to having a large family, I do have a lot people in my life.  In family life, we learn about togetherness from a young age, which is a very beautiful virtue. The family teaches us to share, with joy, the blessings of life.

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day. It is a choice based on the knowledge that we belong to God and have found in God our refuge and our safety and that nothing, not even death, can take God away from us. Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved and that nothing--sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death--can take that love away.

Henri Nouwen

Loving another person involves the joy of contemplating and appreciating their natural beauty and sacredness, which is greater than my needs.  When some one I care about is happy, I’m happy and that doubles the joy.  More joy in our lives is a grand thing, so why not share?

To get the full value of joy you must have somebody to divide it with.

Mark Twain


jack69 said...

What a SWEET post and so very true. Sherry and I tell each other every day how fortunate we are to still have each other to share tears and joy. It is joy lately, THANK GOD!

betty said...

I like that quote from Henri Nouwen. That is so true about choosing joy daily. Also true about having people in our life to share all aspects of our lives together.


Mevely317 said...

Maybe on account I was an only child, I adore 'olden' photos of siblings. Their smiles are certainly a testament to a happy childhood. I'm having fun, trying to figure out who's who!

jack69 said...

I meant to also include, I love that picture, in my comment!!