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

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Monday, June 27, 2005

WEEK 4 - DAY 1 SUMMER BIBLE STUDY

The most helpful discovery of today has been that right in the midst of
my sorrows there is always room for joy. Joy and sorrow are sisters.
They live in the same house.
Macrina Wiederkehr

Life will not always be to our liking, there is a natural cycle of the spirit just like earth's cycle of seasons. These seasons come and go in spite of how much effort we might put into having only joy in our lives. Feeling powerless and vulnerable can teach us that we cannot control every aspect of life. Difficult things happen but we know that these things are a part of the life cycle and they will eventually pass. Joy and sorrow are both a part of the process of growth. Each has something significant to bring into our lives.

We must be willing to accept both joy and sorrow.


Scripture: John 12: 20-26; John 16: 25-33
Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
You will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.
To balance the pain I have felt in my life I try to make a celebration of life. Using every opportunity to be thankful and joyful for the blessings I do have. I've become much closer and more reliant on God because so much has been taken away from me.

Joy and sorrow do truly live in the same house. I remember the illness of one of my boys and how sorrowful I was . Sorry because there was absolutely nothing I could do to help him. All I could do was to turn it over to God. But then I was joyful when he recovered. I'll never forget one doctors visit we went to. We were to hear the results of some testing he'd gone through. I think we were both tied up in knots. Then the doctor told us that all the tests were perfectly normal - we sat in his office and listened quietly to all his explanations. When we got outside the office - We were jumping around hugging each other and praising God. Joy ! Pure Joy ! I think any mother could relate to finding out that her son's cancer had not spread to his lungs. As a matter of fact it's been 5 years and he's cancer free ! Praise God !!!

We can be joyful in our sorrow.

May the good Lord help us to receive the experiences life gives us and to trust that He will be our faithful companion who strengthens us during difficult times. May we grow through all the seasons of our life.

Today I will look for and listen to what
joy and sorrow are teaching me.
'On Ya' - ma

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