"That your joy might be full"

[Written Especially for Young People]

Often, in the midst of happy experiences, one is troubled by suggestions that such happiness cannot last; and many people feel that an especially joyful time is sure to be followed by correspondingly unhappy or painful moments, even though the former was right and harmless.

While living away from home for the first time, when she began her college course, the writer frequently found herself confronted by such thoughts. She became afraid to give herself wholeheartedly to the enjoyment of any happy incident or wholesome pleasure, because the disappointment or discouragement which, she believed, seemed bound to follow was so much harder to bear. Deeply disturbed by the succession of emotional ups and downs, one afternoon she had an experience which even yet is vivid in her memory.

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