On the internet, I heard someone say, “Covid-19 robbed me of joy.” They were not sick and didn’t know anyone who was infected. They were upset about the closure of their favorite restaurant. 

If the coronavirus truly robs joy, then political uncertainty, racial injustice, and healthcare issues will definitely steal peace of mind, contentment, and happiness.

The Christmas song Joy to the World reminds me that,

I have a friend who exudes joyfulness. JOY is one of her favorite words. Because of the pandemic, I have missed her smiling face and many other friends for months.

Why am I still joyful? As a lover of Jesus Christ, my joy comes from the Lord. John 16:22 says, “Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” 

I recently read The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World. The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu agree that many things that undermine our joy we create ourselves.

They go on to explain that unlike joy, pleasure and happiness are fleeting—experienced through our senses.

New baby smell.

24-piece puzzle. Nailed it!

Bubble wrap!

JOY GOES MUCH DEEPER.

Spiritual leaders from multiple faiths agree that to have true joy we must go beyond our self-centeredness.

An act of love and compassion inevitably delivers joy to all involved.

Helping others is a challenge while social distancing.

Some quick and easy ways to share joy without leaving your home:

Make a phone call to someone in isolation. Send a card to those you miss. Donate to a cause close to your heart.

As a child, I sang a popular Sunday School song, “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, down in my heart.” In between, everyone chants, “Where?” The song ends with, “Down in my heart to stay.” ❤️

Where do you find joy?

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