Tag Archives: joy

After Tears, Joy Comes

When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons. She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they […]

Sing for Joy

At the close of each Major League Baseball season, I evaluate the standings of all the teams in each league. Almost without exception, the top teams have the best record for away games. All but a handful of the worst teams have a winning record at home, but only the great team consistently wins on […]

4 Reasons to Feel Joyful

What’s the difference between happiness and joy? The word happiness has as its root the old English word hap, from which comes the related word happened. If, therefore, a good thing happens, you feel happy. But what about the times when difficulties or losses occur? If you’re not happy, can you still have joy? Hard […]

Joy & Thanksgiving

The second fruit of the Spirit is joy. There are varieties of joy we share with non-Christians. The celebrative moments in our life—weddings, births, engagements— are great sources of joy. Achievements—breaking the sales record in the office or graduating with honors— bring joy when we have worked hard and reached a goal. Relationships bring joy […]

Help! Help! (Psalm 28)

I was drowning. I had sneaked away from home with my older brother Paul to spend the hot summer afternoon at our small town’s swimming pool. He knew how to swim. I didn’t. So, I went for a walk . . . in the water. I picked a spot which didn’t seem deep, lowered myself […]