Friday, April 20, 2007

Friday Five - Surprised by Joy

Songbird writes:
Jesus said to them, "Children, you have no fish, have you?" They answered him, "No."
He said to them, "Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea.
(John 21:5-7)

Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
(Psalm 30:5b)

This week I've been watching parents of the young people slain at Virgina Tech trying to make meaning out of the lives of their lost children, and each one seems to begin by focusing on something joyful about that child. It's a gift that most humans have brains wired to respond in that way. For some of us it can be harder to work our way out of dark places, but I believe joy remains the key. It is the spirit of resurrection.

Tell us about five people, places, or things that have brought surprising, healing joy into your life.

This is an easy one this week and it was hard to stop at five. (so glad you didn't ask last week, though, when I was hard pressed).

1. Spiritual director, who recently gave me this assignment, after I complained about the impossibility of something: "Let your prayer be 'God, I'm eager to see the miracle you are going to work that will make this possible.'"

2. Brother, who called a couple hours later with a possibility.

3. Husband, making The Scary Face (truly, it is very scary!). Son, shrieking and then laughing and then asking for another one.

4. Sunset Park...

5. ...and strong legs to walk there on.

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