Eric's Sunday Sermon; Joy, Gratefulness and Love vs. Happy, thankful and love.
Explain "haze" to a child. Then explain clarity. One cannot exist without the contrast of the other.
Let go and go with me!
I know a man who has clinical depression. Bummer to the max. But this guy has joy, gratefulness and Love. He has all the signs and symptoms of depression except those cliche' problems of moroseness and sadness with a healthy dose of melancholy. His situation and condition stink to high heavens. He lacks happiness, love and thankfulness.
I know a man with cancer. He has all the symptoms of being very sick with aches and pains and worry and distress. He finds little happiness, thankfulness or love. But he has no real problems because he has Joy, gratefulness and Love.
There are places in this world that you should not go to. One such place is an enclave in the Sudan -- do they still call in that? Another is a dump outside of one of the Largest cities in the world, Mexico city. Some 200,000 live there. There is a "ghetto" outside of Bombay -- do they still call it that? And there is a dark side to Saigon where rats compete to eat the dogs; do they still call it Saigon? Some names change but cities do not. There is no happiness in these places but in years of travel we have found that hate is a sometimes thing but Love, Gratefulness and Joy are constants even in the worst of circumstances.
Just who the hell am I to despair!!?? One time in the Mexico City dump I held a baby who died in my arms. No more life and no more suffering. Sadness engulfed but hope was not lost and there was a gratefulness born that the child would be immediately taken up. My faith waned. Good for me, for I am blessed. Good for me for I suffered and have never felt the same happiness in life.
My wife was born 1974 in Saigon. My God but she is beautiful. Born in Hell yet Hell bent for peace.
If I feel know more -- render what is me unto God. Mine to live in fullness not in less than communion.
Sorry I just plugged into John Cougar Mellenkamp: Do they still call him that?
Excuse me, do you have issues. "Dang it" things you do? Boy O' Boyo I got some issues. And I do not always laugh at something funny. But my spiritual part is not bankrupt. It is a begging to be happy but a longing to be Loved.
Find the love and find the good stuff.
That stuff is too heavy. Let us revisit later. I will just add on here. What if there is a difference between Love and love, between happiness and Joy, between thankfulness and gratefulness? Rest with sugar plum fairies.