Oceans of Joy!

The title of C.S. Lewis’ autobiography, “Surprised by Joy,” is taken from the first line of a William Wordsworth poem that goes, “Surprised by joy, impatient as the wind.” Joy is the great theme of the gospel from the beginning when the messenger of God announces, “Behold I bring you good news of great Joy!” – to the crucifixion in which followers are encouraged to “Fix your eyes on Jesus, who for the joy before Him, endured the cross.”

It is what I touch on in What Joy (χαρα) means to me, and is a constant current that energizes the spiritual life. Today’s prayer comes from Blaise Pascal’s (1623-1662) encounter with God that exults in joy.  Richard Foster writes, “By the time he was thirty-one he was well known for his contributions in the fields of math and science.  However it was in that year that he visited his sister at a religious community in Port Royal, where he heard a sermon that brought about a profound religious experience.  He remembered that day – November 23, 1654 – as a key moment in his life.  He wrote the following on a piece of paper, sewed into the lining of his coat, and carried it with him for the rest of his life:”

Fire.

God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob,

Not of the philosophers and scholars.

Certainty, Certainty, heartfelt joy, peace.  

God of Jesus Christ.

Joy, joy, joy, oceans of joy!

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About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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