January 1, 2021, will mark five years since God breathed life into Chronic Joy®. One of our first steps was to meet with our senior pastor, who offered a listening ear and some sage advice, which included a simple, but profound three-step plan for stepping into ministry: Start small. Start with what you have. Start now.
In this issue of Oasis of Hope, we explore heart longings, poetry, suffering and ways to care for those who are hurting. You’ll find food, free printables, heartfelt stories and gifts of joy.
First, joy takes time. Joy is not fast food. It comes, I would say, as a by-product of living a savored life, of having time and taking time to “smell the flowers,” as we used to say. There is this old monastic insight about living a joy-filled life. Take time, take at least some time each day, to do one thing at-a-time.
Joy is Jesus in Mary’s loving hands. Joy is Jesus making sorrow sing. Mending deepest heartaches – what a gift to bring! So may His joy now fill you.
How can we care for the hurting whose pain may be heavier during the holidays as they grieve losses or longings? So many struggle in silence.