Scatter Joy

My daughter-in-law is a United Methodist minister and sends me a preview of her Sunday sermon.  She delivers it on line now, as so many other pastors are doing.

Her subject was finding joy.  It seems there isn’t much joy around lately to find unless you are looking really, really hard.

Recently, I attended a funeral for a member of our book club. This was the last such gathering before the admonition to avoid large g She was much loved, and the service was well attended. Later on, we wondered what we could do to keep her presence at future meetings.  (You can’t leave our club by moving away, or even dying.)  Another deceased member is remembered at each meeting when we pass around a dish of “Barbara’s chocolates.”

So how to remember Jane?

Another member showed us birthday card Jane had sent her. The message on it was “Scatter Joy.”

That, we decided, would be a fitting tribute to a woman who found joy in simple things, and radiated that joy to all she met. The card will be displayed at all future gatherings.

So here you have two halves of the whole. Find joy, and scatter joy.

Sometimes we are the receivers, and sometimes we are the givers. But if we find joy, shouldn’t we share it? Sharing joy diminishes nothing.

I hope that in these dark times you find a little joy. And that if you do, you find it easy to share.

Stay safe. Stay home.




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