Living in Joy in an often Joyless World


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Living in Joy in an often Joyless World

Comments by Stephen R. Kaufman - 29 Jan 2006

"Bless are you who weep now, for you shall laugh." Luke 6:21

I think that living with integrity involves being mindful of the suffering around us and acting accordingly. On the one hand, this forces us to see and feel unpleasant things, but it also opens us to the possibility of reconciliation with God's creation.

This, I think, is the wellspring of the greatest joy available to us. Alone, we cannot completely save the world, but we can make a difference. Most importantly, we can save ourselves -- from lives that are shallow, artificial, and essentially meaningless. (This is one of the insights of Barbara Kingsolver's wonderful novel Animal Dreams.)

I think the time to despair is when we can longer participate in the reconciliation of God's Creation. At that point, I would not see much reason to live. However, as long as I have a modest degree of physical and mental health, I believe I can be part of that process.

In Christ,


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