Sunday Dinner: Joy

Flowers bloom on Main St. in Gloucester, earlier this week.

“There is not one blade of grass,
there is no color in this world
that is not intended to make us rejoice.”
John Calvin
“The same stream of life
that runs through my veins night and day
runs through the world
and dances in rhythmic measures.
It is the same life that shoots in joy
through the dust of the earth
in numberless blades of grass
and breaks into tumultuous waves
of leaves and flowers.”
Rabindranath Tagore
“He was mastered by the sheer surging of life,
the tidal wave of being,
the perfect joy of
each separate muscle, joint, and sinew
in that it was everything that was not death,
that it was aglow and rampant,
expressing itself in movement,
flying exultantly under the stars.”
Jack London
“Sorrow prepares you for joy.
It violently sweeps everything out of your house,
so that new joy can find space to enter.
It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart,
so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place.
It pulls up the rotten roots,
so that new roots hidden beneath
have room to grow.
Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart,
far better things will take their place.”
Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi
“When you do things from your soul,
you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
Jalaluddin Mevlana Rumi
“Joy does not simply happen to us.
We have to choose joy
and keep choosing it every day.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen

From the “River City 3  Railers” Train Club train show at The Great Big Greenhouse in Richmond, VA this weekend.

“Joy is strength.”
Mother Teresa

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