The delights of our hearts cause joyful proclamations. This is when they shine brightly with the love of light. Achieving such a state takes patience and perseverance. Christians yearn for this bliss. There must be goals set to arrive at this place on our journey of life. This is when we view the world as a place for our common good. In being just and holy exemplify the happiness with which we are blessed. Christians have a passion for social justice and champion the rights of the underprivileged. The wind of Pentecost greets these reformers. They may not necessarily be Evangelists-in-chief but humble devotees to the Christian faith.
Joseph Conrad (1857 – 1924), a Polish born novelist observed, “I remember my youth and the feeling that it will never come back any more – the feeling that I could last forever, outlast the sea, the earth and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to joys, to perils, to love, to vain effort – to death, the triumphant conviction of strength, the heart of life in the handful of dust, the glow in the heart ….” Conrad captured brilliantly the life of youth. He showed a young heart giving vent to deep feelings.
There are temporal joys. People may experience hills of unexpected peaks mixed with undulating valleys. It takes patience to weave feelings in having hearts of joy. This flame of hope many try to embrace and sustain. To accomplish these goals call for an encounter with beauty itself. There’s nothing more trustworthy in achieving this by reading and studying the Word of Truth. By it, the teachings of the Good Shepherd will come alive in all its brilliance. This mission we’ll need to pursue our objectives faithfully. It calls for being witnesses of our faith. An Argentinian poet and novelist Ricardo Guiraldes (1886 – 1927) remarked, “If you are really a gaucho, you can’t change, because wherever you go, you’ll go with your soul leading the way.” Much of what people become are based on what they have been through in their life.
A Pure Heart
Having a pure heart best expresses joy. The fruits of patience bring about changes in the deepest recesses of our being. These call for courage in a believer’s heart. Peace awaits seekers of this precious gift. In hopes of securing the highest good, people should walk confidently in faith. They must not be afraid of doing good, nor view it like some in the world do, as a sort of weakness. The greatest truth is expressed by the Spirit of Truth. In accomplishing tasks every Christian ought to view himself or herself as an athlete for Christ. And in the course of their lifetime they must be prepared to run marathons. Their faith is in every turn encountering Jesus Christ. They will be rubbing shoulders and touching the flesh of Christ himself through the poor and hungry. Matthew 22:37 quotes Jesus as saying, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” Christ’s love is purest and all encompassing.
Angels of Light
People with joyful hearts are undoubtedly lights in the world. They should never lose hope concerning this truth. Think about doing justice and everything will fall into place. This is the foundation of abundant goodness best expressed in this creation that we love. Christians do adore the beauty of God himself. In all divinity he’s the true incarnation that’s glorified. Reading and contemplating the Gospel is an eye-opener to believers. By prayer, seeds of hope are spread around the world. This is only accomplished through the flame of faith which is the joy of our hearts.
Robert Burns (1759 – 1796), a Scottish poet wrote:
The golden Hours, on angel wings
Flew o’er me and my Dearie;
Was my sweet ‘Highland Mary’
True angels of light represent the best in life. ‘Highland Mary’ may well be likened to Holy Mary, Mother of God, and her faith being the joy of our hearts.