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1/18/2008

Recover Joy

It is only as joy that the Church was victorious in the world, and it lost the world when it lost that joy, and ceased to be a credible witness to it. Of all accusations against Christians, the most terrible one was uttered by Nietzsche when he said that Christians had no joy.

Fr Alexander SchememannLet us, therefore, forget for a while the technical discussions about the Church, its mission, its methods. Not that these discussions are wrong or unnecessary—but they are can be useful and meaningful only within a fundamental context, and that context is the "great joy" from which everything else in Christianity developed and acquired its meaning.

"For, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy"—thus begins the Gospel, and its end is: "And they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy." (Lk. 2:10, 24:52). And we must recover the meaning of this great joy. We must if possible partake of it, before we discuss anything else—programs and missions, projects and techniques.
the Rev. Alexander Schmemann (1921-1983)

4 Comments:

  • At 1/18/2008 9:00 AM, Anonymous searching said…

    Joy

    the feeling you get when your day is alright.
    the feeling you get when your heart is held tight.
    the feeling you get when your laughing inside.
    that feeling you get that you don't want to hide.

    Joy

    that way your face curls from end to end
    that way your so happy to see a new friend.
    that way your heart's filled with His love.
    that way your loved so from above.

    Joy

    when you see the blessings of His grace.
    when you see the work of His warm embrace.
    when you see the wonder of His love.
    When you see the wonder of the Dove.


    Searching

     
  • At 1/18/2008 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Bible says that no man can steal your joy.

     
  • At 1/18/2008 7:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    "For, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy"—thus begins the Gospel, and its end is: "And they worshipped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy." (Lk. 2:10, 24:52).

    And we must recover the meaning of this great joy."

    Everything is all about choices. Choosing Jesus is a choice. Grasping for the "good tidings of great joy" is a choice ... as goes all things ... choice. We choose to wallow in sorrow or shout to the heavenlies with great joy.

    I choose joy in Jesus, and choose the joy of hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit whispering in my ear as direction is given to me ... even if "man" thinks that the actions, or verbiage,is absurd or foolish. The Holy Spirit wins every time. What great joy He brings to us, knowing that we follow and obey that "still small voice" within.

    Yes, the last stanza of this lovely poem says it all, doesn't it?

    "Joy -
    when you see the blessings of His grace.
    when you see the work of His warm embrace.
    when you see the wonder of His love.
    When you see the wonder of the Dove."

    God Bless You both Searching and Anonymous!

     
  • At 1/18/2008 11:28 PM, Anonymous Searching said…

    I am glad you like my poem. I felt joy while writing it this morning. Joy writing once again. Christians have joy. Joy knowing that we are loved from above, and also from here withing our church. I am slowly learning this. But I'm learning.

     

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