The root of joy is gratefulness...It is not joy that makes us grateful; it is gratitude that makes us joyful.
"The root of joy is gratefulness."
In moments of surprise we catch at least a glimpse of the joy to which gratefulness opens the door.
"...Grateful living makes life meaningful and full of joy."
As we learn to give thanks for all of life and death, for all of this given world of ours, we find a deep joy. It is the joy of trust, the joy of faith in the faithfulness at the heart of all things. It is the joy of gratefulness in touch with the fullness of life.
Joy is that kind of happiness that does not depend on what happens.
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