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Keep your joy

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    spencel
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    Today my practitioner reminded me to keep my grin ahead of my groan. It occurred to me that Joseph, from the story in the Bible lesson this week, must of had a sense of joy among other qualities to be able to keep his peace despite all that was thrown his way. This thought made me appreciate more the place joy has in all we do and for the glory of God. Below is a poem I came across yesterday.

    Take Joy Home,
    And make a place in thine own heart for her,
    And give her time to grow, and cherish her!
    Then will she come and often sing to thee
    When thou art working in the furrows! ay,
    Or weeding in the sacred hour of dawn.
    It is a comely fashion to be glad—
    Joy is the grace we say to God.—Selected

    The Christian Science Journal |Vol. 16 No. 9 |December 1898

    #570
    C.M.G.
    Participant

    Thank you for the lovely poem. I love the last line-“Joy is the grace we say to God.” Say goodbye to the dumps.

    #581
    Susanne
    Participant

    Beautiful, thank you! As much as I may know all about joy, sometimes I’m not feeling it like I should. This is very helpful! “Keep my grin ahead of my groan.” Ha!

    #590
    chardelle
    Moderator

    Yes, thank you for the post and the poem! I have always loved the story of Joseph and although I thought of him as faithful, moral, and patient I never gave him enough credit for being cheerful and joyful….even in adversity. A little prayer I like to say in the morning is”..go out in joy and go forth in peace.”

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