“We lost a great soul yesterday.” How often have I heard that? How many times each and every day do you think these words are spoken around the world? As I ponder this question, I smile because I imagine the millions who have spoken these words have had the great joy of living their life with a “great one” in it. How bright life must have been with this beloved ... And how very dark it can be with their physical presence gone.
Jesus was aware of the great gift lovingly extended to humanity. "It is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Lk. 12:32). Something is being offered to us—either we do not know what it is, how to recognize it, or how to receive it.
The above scripture indicates that our wise Father created the universe and the laws which govern it in a way that supports our well-being and development. Other earthly creatures experience the Father's pleasure.
This article originally appeared in the December 2011 issue of Daily Word®.
Like so many people, I look forward to the holiday season. I’ve celebrated many special holidays in my life when I’ve had the opportunity to gather with family and friends to express our love and gratitude for each other and the world.
In these times, my joy came readily but in other years, when my family was not available or when I was in the middle of a painful life experience, my joy didn’t come as effortlessly. In those times, I needed to make a choice. I knew that if I was to feel joy, I would need to cultivate it in my mind and heart.