Real joy?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Is there “noise” in your life that’s keeping you from finding the quiet peace God has to offer those who seek it?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

We live in a world full of unnecessary noise. I was reminded of this the other day when Holly and I went to a local Pizza place with Dan and Han. They were talking away as we waited for our meal to be served, but I was bothered. (I’ve always been bothered by background music. If it’s in the background, what’s its purpose? Either it’s subliminally urging me to buy a bigger pizza or it is there to mesmerize, allowing poor taste and service to be overlooked.) So, I asked the manager to turn the music off because we just wanted to talk and I didn’t think that the music would either enhance our conversation or digestion. After a puzzling look, he did and it was remarkable how much easier it was to talk and to hear.

Is there “noise” in your life that’s keeping you from finding the quiet peace God has to offer those who seek it?

Here’s a Story: “Little Frankie” as everyone called him, was a small, 80-year old Italian immigrant who lived on hill overlooking our house. He lived in a slowly crumbling, 100-year old house with no electricity or running water. His clothes were old, patched, and worn. A lot of people looked down on him, but I never did. When I went up the hill to visit him I always felt at home. He had a simple joy and peace about him that touched my heart. Frankie taught me that enlightenment isn’t being free of work, problems, and pains. It comes rather from facing them all with a peaceful spirit and a loving heart. He taught me most of all that the greatest joy comes from the quiet time you spend with God. I’ve had few moments as joyful as the ones I spent with Little Frankie just silently sitting on a rock and listening to the stream that ran by his home. He was one of the greatest men I have ever known. (Joseph J. Mazzella)

Life may be full of things that help us to connect with each other, but to have real love, joy, and oneness with God we need to connect with the quiet in our own hearts and souls. Turning off a television, cell phone, and computer for a while every day and just sitting back and listening to the silence that brings can do much to spread peace in your life. The Bible tells us that we need to “seek peace and pursue it” (1 Peter 3:11). God is waiting to connect with you; if only you will turn down the volume in your life a bit, seek His presence and pursue His voice. Who knows what you might hear?

We pray. Fill our hearts with Your abiding joy and that we may rejoice in life’s circumstances. in periods of plenty and during those seasons when we have very little - in times of hardship as well as those times of great sufficiency. Thank You that we are Your children and You are our Father and sovereign Lord. May our hearts rejoice in good times and in bad and may Your abiding joy and perfect peace find residence in our heart - as we rest in Your love and trust in Your unfailing goodness, In Jesus' name we pray, Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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