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"Joyful Curmudgeon" An oxymoron?
No! I see all the beauty of God's creation and I'm joyful.  At the same time, I see all the suffering and corruption going on in the world, and feel called to help expose and end it so that we may have true peace and compassion.


Joy – 24 June 2008
By Mary T. Hoffman

My husband and I went grocery shopping today. Our first stop was at our favorite local farm market where we bought really fresh romaine lettuce, red lettuce, beets, cabbage, broccoli, and zucchini. The rest of our purchases – celery, onions, old fashioned oats, apples, carrots, bananas, mustard, unsalted pistachios, and blueberries – we found at two other stores.

During growing season here, we’ve made it a habit of going to the farm market first, to see what they have, before going on to other stores.

What has all this to do with “joy”? For us, it’s a feeling of freedom from being complicit in causing pain and suffering to God’s creatures by our food choices. No, it’s not “self-righteousness”; we’re very well aware that we’ve “been there, done that.” But over twenty years ago, we decided to open our hearts and minds in order to learn and grow. Yes, we “decided”; God has given everyone the right to choose. We humans can choose to change our harmful ways and learn to live more in keeping with God’s ideals as mentioned in Galatians 5:22 and 23:

22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

23. gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

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