For I am the least of the apostles, unfit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace towards me has not been in vain.
And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, tothe poor the gospel is preached.
For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, Jesus. -John 3:16
Last month, I reflected on Dr. Miller’s thesis in “The Spiritual Child” that faith development is the most critical driver of happiness and success in the lives of young adults. As schools and parishes respond to brain research findings, the connection of faith and joy begs a better understanding of joy. What is joy? How is joy cultivated? Only months ago, after a few parishioners attended a diocesan training on congregational vitality, the Vestry took on a project called “Share the Joy.” Share the Joy project asks you to articulate the joy you find at St. John’s. By sharing your personal joy in being part of a faith community, maybe we’ll come to understand joy in richer and more meaningful ways. Read more