Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Lent: Joyful

I got a message today from someone I consider one of my best friends. Anne's message was straightforward: She was headed into surgery to have her appendix removed, and she'd appreciate prayers.

Appendectomies generally aren't high-risk surgeries, but it was still a shock. Like my thyroidectomy 12 years ago, it's a reminder that the skien of life is something the ancients considered thin enough that all it took to sever it was an old woman with a pair of shears.

Friends like Anne are like extra family. They're a source of tremendous joy. Back when she attended the Church with an Extra E with us, we were known to miss the entire service while we stood in the hall outside talking. My wife and I passed many evenings with Anne and her husband, and on Halloweens always took care to take our kids around to trick-or-treat at their house.

Happiness, it may be said, is fleeting; but joy endures. Happiness is a pillar that stands tall and makes us take notice. Joy is the platform that holds it up and gives us support like the earth beneath our feet.

Sometimes we even take it for granted until the earth trembles, just a little.

Copyright © 2017 by David Learn. Used with permission.

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