Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Intensity of Joy and Pain

Copyright Prayer Notes by Cynthia
 LLC 2012
Good Morning, Saints!
It's been a few weeks, since my last post. After my devotional reading, this morning, I continued to think about the title of one of my readings, "Knocked Off Your Feet."  This was an encouraging piece for those of us who have experienced the loss of loved-ones. But, what really stuck in my heart, was this: As intensely hurt as we have been, when we have experienced loss----just as intensively joyful, or more so, we have been, when we have felt the joy of the Lord in our lives. This is not a monumental thought. I would say that it is more of a reflection on and consideration of the pain and joy felt by our fellow human beings--a deep compassion for the emotional state of each other.... You see, if we have ever experienced the joy of the Lord, how can we go about our daily lives, without seizing the opportunity to share this joy with others? There is always an opportunity to share, if our hearts are open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We will know when the time is right. 

On the flip-side of sharing joy, is the sharing of pain that others may be feeling. Although we, sometimes, tend to shy away from negative or depressed people, we must keep in mind that these characteristics, in our fellow beings, are often a cry for help, whether they know it or not. Again, with an open and Spirit-filled heart, we will know what to say/do and when to say/do it.  So, as you go about your day, take a few minutes to look at those around you.... Is there someone who needs your smile, helping hand or shoulder? For, just intensely, as we are joyful, someone is hurting with the same intensity. Reach out, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, sharing the joy and the pain. Be blessed, saints!


Galatians 6: 2
Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.


It is, indeed, more difficult to congratulate another on his success, especially if his success involves disappointment to us, than it is to sympathize with his sorrow and his loss. It is only when self is dead that we can take as much joy in the success of others as in our own.



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