Is Joy Too High a Bar? Alternatives for the Rest of Us

Rev. Melora Lynngood with worship associate Shelley Motz — 

This month’s theme is Joy.  

Some might respond: “Joy?!…  that’s way out of reach for me, way too high an aspiration. I’d settle for contentment. Or comfort. Or just a little respite from the anxiety (or pain or suffering) I’m currently experiencing.” 

What’s the difference between seeking joy and chasing happiness? What spiritual practices might help us lean in the direction of quiet moments of contentment — even when all-encompassing, exuberant JOY seems too high a bar?


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