Monday Muse: With Love and Faith: Finding Joy in everyday Life

                   Finding Joy

Love

Remember the old Beatles song: “All you Need is Love?” It seems so simple when we are talking about just the concept of love. And yet, we know there are many different kinds of love that exist. The other sixties song that comes to mind is “What the World needs now, is Love, sweet Love.” So what kind of Love are we really in need of?

When we know that God is love, then we may begin to feel the truth in defining what it can mean in our lives. For an example, we may have a problem that seems insurmountable in our lives, and we then ask for God’s help and guidance. There is no way so many of the problems, at least the ones that exist in my own life, could be solved without divine guidance.  There is a feeling of warmth and comfort that comes over me when I feel His presence in helping to guide me through a difficult path in life. So perhaps what we might add to the popular song vernacular is the fact that we all need love, and we also need to feel that we are surrounded by God’s Love

The Daily Word begins with the keyword Love followed by this statement: “I am a loving presence to everyone I meet.” When we begin to see our problems and our life through the eyes of His own divine love, we can begin to look beyond the pettiness and the conflict that often drives our daily interactions with others. Love can become for us mor than just a vague concept for others. We can begin to look for the Love that is within us and is the embodiment of the heart and soul of who we are and what guides us to love others.  This knowledge of how our love can guide us may trigger that divine spark of love in others.

 

Faith

Faith in the idea of divine love can guide our steps in dealing with those with whom we don’t agree. It gives us a sense of  that same divine spark of God’s love that can help us to get past the disagreeable traits we see often in those people.

When we place our faith in God, we are entrusting that no matter what occurs, the possibility for the best outcome is always present.  We recognize that God has put his faith in us as individuals. And we have a sacred bond with His spirit that guides us with love and compassion.  That bond is the same one taught by Christ. The power of being invested in the faith that He has instilled within us and upon us is a power that we will always find in moments of stillness in meditation and prayer.

We often talk of needing to have faith in ourselves and what we believe. This faith becomes like a mighty river within us.  It is a powerful stream of love and trust that leads us to realize what we are capable of doing through God’s faith in us.

 

Joy

Speaking of songs, there is the hymn that exults: “Well, I’ve got joy, joy, joy joy down in my heart….” With the little children in our church, we used to repeat: “Where?” The answer: “Down in my heart, down in my heart!”…. The joy that we find when we are together, as families that have been apart, and as loved ones who long to talk and to embrace and hold each other, is one of the best feelings to be had in this human experience. And it’s a spiritual feeling also, when we realize that love and joy are often felt together in an emotional catharsis.  We may have this wonderful feeling if we are lucky enough to find those who can return our love and live with us as helpmates and partners in life.

Joy is often felt through our children, and even in those accomplishments that we share with others. Graduation, and marriage and childbirth are manifest experiences that lead to the best expressions of joy for families and loving couples.

When we can experience the feeling of joy and love that may be within us, and to express that in our spiritual relationship with God, it is a feeling that we should work to repeat in our hearts often.  And even in our moments of quiet contemplation, we can continue to expand this feeling each day in our lives.

Joy is something that cannot be exhibited as a contrived or pretend emotion. It comes from a deep well within us. As we spoke last time of what true inner peace can mean in our lives, let us now simply contemplate what the wellspring of true joy can feel like on a regular basis!   It’s a wonderful goal to set- to bring about this feeling of joy in our lives that will go hand in hand with the inner peace that we are striving for.

 

Mantra: I will strive to fulfill the belief that I can be a loving presence in the lives of others. And I will contemplate what the power of faith can mean in my life. My faith in myself will expand, along with the faith I have in God’s loving presence in my life. Finally, I will strive to bring that joyful feeling into my life on a regular basis.

 

Bible Verse: I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete-John 15:11

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