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Friday, April 20, 2007

Friday Five: Surprised By Joy

Jesus said to them, "Children, you have no fish, have you?" They answered him, "No."
He said to them, "Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some." So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the sea.
(John 21:5-7)

Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
(Psalm 30:5b)

This week I've been watching parents of the young people slain at Virgina Tech trying to make meaning out of the lives of their lost children, and each one seems to begin by focusing on something joyful about that child. It's a gift that most humans have brains wired to respond in that way. For some of us it can be harder to work our way out of dark places, but I believe joy remains the key. It is the spirit of resurrection.

Tell us about five people, places, or things that have brought surprising, healing joy into your life.

Let us know in the comments if you play.

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(Both quotes are from this week's Revised Common Lectionary, New Revised Standard Version.)

48 comments:

  1. Thank you Songbird- this was a timely reminder! I played joyfully here

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  2. Yes, thank you Songbird - and thank you for posting early since it is hard for me to play for the rest of the day!

    I played here.

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  3. Wow, I'm on the East Coast and one of the first for once.

    Thanks for this great question which is perfectly timed for my retreat (which technically starts tomorrow, so I won't be blogging after today. Matt's eyebrows hit the ceiling when I claimed I was leaving the computer behind--I did, though, so thank goodness for technologically generous hosts...) Off to post and link now.

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  4. Great topic! Thanks for making me think so joyfully today...

    I played here!

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  5. I played joyfully right here. InciDENTALly, the wife, Child and I are off to the dentist this morning. Pray for us!

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  6. Something joyful this way comes! I played over here, despitea wiggy computer this morning.

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  7. BEHOLD!
    I BRING YOU GLAD TIDINGS OF GREAT JOY!
    HERE

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  8. We played together again!
    - Cub and The Typist

    p.s. - scroll down to the previous post and you can see two new pictures.

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  9. I am in Richmond, Virigina this week attending a CREDO conference.

    We all flew in the day of the shootings, not far from where we are. It is such a tragedy all around. May God embrace the suffering, lift up those who suffer, and may God somehow use this tragedy to bring forth in us a better way. (Perhaps less accessibility to guns, more ability to help those struggling emotionally...something)....

    The CREDO conference, sponsored by the Episcopal Church Pension Group, is offered to help priests look at our lives in a wholistic way. This includes being deeply cared for by the staff, pampered and nourished physically, emotionally, spiritually. I am not going to take the time from my morning to log onto my blog and post. But just know that I give thanks for this group here gathered as well as for each of you revgal bloggers.

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  10. I played.

    Not particularly original, but true. Plus I am on my way to get my hair done!

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  11. I played, joyfully .

    I'll add to the thanks, too. Songbird!

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  12. Some wonderful play today, and here's mine.

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  13. What a lovely topic this week! I'll admit that I'm a bit nervous about my response, but I played here.

    Have a great weekend, all!

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  14. Here's mine; I love the topic, thought my responses aren't at all unusual.

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  15. I played here. Thanks for the great topic. Very appropriate this week, both in our nation and for me personally.

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  16. Great Friday Five! Can't wait to read all the responses. Won't be able to play and read 'til tonight or tomorrow as I have appointments I must get to now.

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  17. I'm in - and I'm joyful and blessed right about here

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  18. thanks for this, I really need it!

    BTW, this is my 1,001st post!

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  19. What a nice break in the middle of funeral preparations - I played here.

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  20. Songbird, I love this Friday Five. I can't play today or read ya'll's posts (I'm heading out for a junior high retreat) but I'll spend some time thinking and post tomorrow. Thanks for giving me something so good ot ponder.

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  21. I needed some time to focus on joyful stuff after some dizzying ups and down of late...I played here.

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  22. I played, and five times I tried to link ...only to receive comments that my tag is not accepted, or is broken. Any ideas what I'm doing wrong????

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  23. YEE HAW!!!! It's all in the spaces! Here's hoping I can do it again -:)

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  24. So, so late. But here it finally is over at my place.

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