A few weeks back I was sitting with one of my fellow members before the service at my church – telling him my theme of my sermon. He cleverly pointed out that there is a difference of being happy in life and having joy. Joy is always with us as Christians but we may not always be happy with things in life. After preaching I became aware of how often joy is mentioned in the liturgy; also for years I broke liturgical tradition (oh, oh) by adding to the words after receiving the Sacrament, ” … depart in peace and joy for your sins are forgiven.” Sometimes people ask, “Are you happy with life?” Not always, but am I joyful, yes. This is key for the Christian in good times and in bad, don’t miss the point!
– My Facebook post 5/18/13