Happy Friday - time for another Five Minutes of pure unedited writing, courtesy of Gypsy Mama. Today's topic? Joy. Once again, perfectly fitting for me and my life right now.
You see the depths of my heart and You love me the same.
(Chris Tomlin, Indescribable. You can listen and read the lyrics here -**added after the 5 minutes**)
You are amazing God.
A couple weeks ago I went to a funeral. It was a man who went to our church - his wife and grown daughter and grandsons do also. The death was sudden and unexpected. It was full of sadness.
It was the most joyful funeral I have ever attended. We sang all of his favorite songs during the worship time, and through the tears joined together as a congregation to praise God for the life he led and for calling him home. It was a testimony to all the visitors, all the people who don't know that kind of joy.
It was very difficult. And very beautiful. Because of the joy. The joy that never wavered, not even once, from the hearts of his family and friends. It made me think of my own family, my sick grandfather and my husband's sick grandmother. It made me understand the depths of joy - how far reaching it is.
I feel sadness. But I choose joy. Because my joy comes from somewhere beyond my emotions. I have to reach for it, but it is there. Waiting. Born from Love. It is my joy, and it will not cease.
Thank you, Gypsy Mama, for your own inspiring post. Hop over and check out what others have to say about joy.