The Roots of True Joy

There are times I would define my happiness in terms of what make me different from others. Being able to take beautiful and frame-able pictures makes me happy. I am not a professional photographer but I do have an eye for a picturesque scene and some talent in composition. I am not among the best but I have taken some excellent photos. I find myself happy enjoying the things I have accomplished in life. I may not have done as much as many of my friends but I have definitely been more blessed than most. Defining my happiness in terms of what makes me different from others can be very unsettling. Somehow, it does not feel right.

True joy is rooted in our commonality with one another. It is our similarities that make us a community and it is in community where true joy is, for that is where we discover our true humanity. We are all in the same boat. We are all fragile, wounded and broken. True joy is in knowing that all our pains and sufferings can be shared and divided among all of us. And this joy is multiplied many times over when shared in community. And then, there is the ultimate realization that the Lord is in the boat with us. He is Emmanuel, God with us. In the boat. During the storm. And He can calm the storm and heal our woundedness and brokenness with His words, “Quiet! Be still!”

Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel; he has come to his people.
On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples:
“Let us cross to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was.
And other boats were with him.
A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat,
so that it was already filling up.
Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion.
They woke him and said to him,
“Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
He woke up, rebuked the wind,
and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!”
The wind ceased and there was great calm.
Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified?
Do you not yet have faith?”
They were filled with great awe and said to one another,
“Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”
Mark 4:35-41
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