"Your joy no man taketh from you"

I used to think that experiencing joy in my life was out of my control. When I felt joyful, it was wonderful. But when I didn't, there wasn't much I could do except wait. Something Christ Jesus said, however, began to change that notion. While preparing his disciples for his impending crucifixion, he included a lesson on rejoicing, making a remarkable statement that seems to me a law: "... your joy no man taketh from you" (John 16:22).

That statement—so full of conviction and comfort—rang with new meaning at a time when, once again, joy seemed to be slipping away. Events were dragging me down. Suddenly I realized that I must guard the buoyancy of my thought.

In next week's SENTINEL
August 4, 1997

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