Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Joy and Sorrow

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work, and you don’t give up.” Anne Lamott

“The most helpful discovery of today has been that right in the midst of my sorrows there is always room for joy. Joy and sorrow are sisters; they live in the same house.” Macrina Wiederkehr

Today pause and look at the history of your inner seasons. Is it possible for you to accept the difficult seasons along with the joyful, ones, to see each as an essential part of your spiritual growth.


Breathing in: Joy and sorrow...

Breathing together

Scripture: John 12:20-26

“Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (Jn 12:24)


Joy and sorrow together have taught me....


God help me accept both the joy and the sorrow in my life, help me know how they both strengthen and complete me.

Love pours out

but the broken cup cannot receive

too pained

too discouraged

too shamed

too broken hearted

too burned out

too lonely

too disenchanted

Love waits to strengthen

Love waits to nourish

Love waits to be received

Love waits to heal

in time the cup will be mended

in time the cup will be raised

in time the cup will receive again

in time

in time

- Joyce Rupp

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