Compass Points – Meeting God Every Day At Every Turn is Margaret Silf’s latest book and, if this blog required a textbook [don’t worry, it doesn’t!] this would be the chosen text. In pithy anecdotes and musings, Margaret shows us that God’s traces are all around us.
Regular readers know how much I admire Margaret and her Ignatian take on the world, so be prepared for several extracts as we go along. Today I want to share Compass Point #216:
We all hope for happiness. Many would say it is their birthright, to be happy.
Happiness sometimes lies on the roadside of our lives, easily gathered in parcels of pleasure.
But joy is a rarer treasure and often lies only on the other side of sorrow, just as the sweetest fruits often grow on the other side of the thorn hedge.
Maybe happiness can even be a barrier in our search for deeper joy – a seductive cul-de-sac that can tempt us to settle for less, when God longs to give us more.
Happiness or Joy. Which do you want?