joy and sorrow

Joy and sorrow are never separated.  When our hearts rejoice at a spectacular view, we may miss our friends who cannot see it, and when we are overwhelmed with grief, we may discover what true friendship is all about.  Joy is hidden in sorrow and sorrow in joy.  If we try to avoid sorrow at all costs, we may never taste joy, and if we are suspicious of ecstasy, agony can never reach us either.  Joy and sorrow are the parents of our spiritual growth.

– Henri J. M. Nouwen (Bread for the Journey a Daybook of Wisdom and Faith)



2 thoughts on “joy and sorrow

  1. That is beautiful Hope. Never thought about the two as being one and connected. Thank you. Janice

    Sent from my iPhone


    1. However, sometimes in the midst of grief I have not recognized the joy – which was there just in the remembrance of my loved one. Yet, at times the grief seems overwhelming.

      Prayers for you, Janice – as you experience the sorrow – and the joy.

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