- Religion and Philosophy
Thriving With Joy
We carry it around with us. Do we believe it?
Study, Ponder, Remember
There is joy in togetherness.
Sacred Words Of Joy
We can have joy, even the joy of a child!
Paths To Joy
What stands between us and the joy of the Wise Men who "When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy"? (Matthew 2:10)
Here are some of the obstacles we encounter: Trials, Fear, Anxiety, Loneliness, Doubt, Selfishness, and Pride.
Here are the remedies for all of those obstacles: Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Love, Kindness, Charity, Meekness, The Sacrament, Prayer, Study, Remembering, Forgiveness, Hope, Righteousness, and the Commandments.
An excerpt from Isaiah 49:26 states "...and all flesh shall know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob."
When you find an American penny (or any piece of American currency) do you ask yourself "Do I indeed trust in God?"
Certainly such trust is key to religious faith.
Having all come far short of the glory of God, repentance calls for our determination to walk with meekness in righteous paths, keeping the commandments, showing charity (the pure love of Christ) toward our neighbors, as did the good Samaritan.
We partake of the Sacrament in remembrance of the body and blood of Jesus Christ sacrificed for us, and do our best to show that same mercy for others that He shows for us.
When some of those obstacles to experiencing the joy experienced by the Wise Men confront us in our daily lives, we can resort to prayer, to studying, and to remembering that we are not alone.
In doing so, we can remember that we have the hope of forgiveness, and we can rise above each obstacle to show love, mercy, and kindness to those around us.
As the holy days arrive, we can feel the very real joy of the season and rejoice in its glow and warmth.
Then we can resolve to keep that sense of "exceeding great joy" as we become wise in the path which surmounts all obstacles and leads to eternal happiness and joy; for we can truly know that the Lord is our Savior and our Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.