“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” -Psalm 73:26
“do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” -Nehemiah 8:10
Sometimes we are blessed to have others in our lives who encourage us. But we all must, at some point, face what St. John of the Cross called “the dark night of the soul”, the space of solitude where the comfort of our friends and loved ones cannot substitute for the personal connection we must establish with The Universe for ourselves.
William Lane Craig wrote, “the chief purpose of life is not happiness, per se, but the knowledge of God.”
By “happiness”, Craig is referring to the superficial happiness of being comfortable, getting one’s way, or having only pleasant experiences with others. By “knowledge of God”, he is referring to that quality of spiritual consciousness which is neither dependent on or determined by circumstances
Here’s today’s two cents:
The purpose of life is not to be free from the existence of pain and contrast, but to know the peace that comes from experiencing Happiness as a Living Presence that is available to us at all times.
Our suffering is nothing less than a divinely appointed opportunity to discover the wisdom and wholeness that lies beyond the luxuries of life and the comfort of others, and which can only be found in the Presence of God.
At least that’s the way I see it.
What about you?