Friday, March 21, 2014

5 Minute Friday - Joy

Joy. I hear that word today and all I can think is "there is no joy in Mudville tonight. Mighty Casey has struck out."

My soul aches with the heartbreak of loved ones. People around me are complaining and kvetching about something as ridiculous as the weather. The dirty, left-over snow that persists even on this second day of spring. While those I love are dealing with harsh realities of life. Broken, struck out life.

Mudville - an entire town's hopes for joy pinned to one man and his bat. And he didn't deliver. Human. Imperfect. Joy struck out, struck down by one wrong swing. A poor choice. A pile of hurt.

Mighty Casey - all our human efforts - can't deliver joy. Joy is born out of hope, and all our human striving can not produce hope.

And in the midst of this gray, ice-encrusted non-spring day, a visitor stops by with a vase of daffodils and I'm reminded that this season WILL pass. That there will be spring. New life. Hope. Joy.  Because there is One. One who loves perfectly. One who forgives fully. One who redeems all. One who draws near to the brokenhearted. One who saves the crushed in spirit.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and
saves those who are crushed in spirit. ~ Psalm 34:18

He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds. ~Psalm 147:3

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. ~ Romans 12:12 

 Linking with Lisa-Jo Baker today, where we write for five minutes and then leave it alone whether it’s just right or not.

1 comment:

  1. i love that beautiful gesture by your friend! and i really love your reminder of joy being born of hope...thank you for sharing!