Wednesday, October 26, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 309

This is the daily exploration for Friday, November 4, 2016.
+ We are called to create and enjoy a realm of compassion, peace, justice and sustainable abundance for all.

+ The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
-- Galatians 5: 22-23 NRSV

+ Joy is an essential spiritual practice growing out of faith, grace, gratitude, hope, and love. It is the pure and simple delight in being alive. Joy is our elated response to feelings of happiness, experiences of pleasure, and awareness of abundance. It is also the deep satisfaction we know when we are able to serve others and be glad for their good fortune.
-- Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat
This is the first paragraph of the Spirituality and Practice guide to the practice of Joy.

+ Aha.  Mary Ann & Fred tell us that “awareness of abundance” is associated with joy. Of course.  All of these attributes of Heaven are closely connected because they all are created and sustained by Love. One of the great hymns of the church begins:  

Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,
God of glory, Lord of love;
hearts unfold like flowers before thee,
opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness;
drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness,
fill us with the light of day!
-- Henry J. Van Dyke

The version most churches use is from Beethoven's Ninth. You can sing along by going to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up6KRUG4D8Q 

+ Spirituality & Practice offers plenty of resources on the spiritual practice of Joy. Also, there is an S&P Twelves Gallery of memes on JoyThe meme for this post comes from that gallery.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post.  And, I have work to do on the Abundancetrek Joy page.  Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Joy” or “Heavenly Attributes” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

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