I HAVE JOY
Sorrow is turned into joy before Him … Thou hast put gladness in my heart … Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; Thou hast put off my sack cloth, and girded me with gladness.
Job 41:22; Psalms 4:7; 30:11
We cannot conceive of the Spirit as sad or depressed. There is ever a song at the center of everything. This song is reflected in all nature, turning “mourning into dancing.” To put off my sackcloth means turning to a complete reliance on the Divine. To be girded with gladness means to cover ourselves with the threefold nature of good. This is a symbol of Divine protection. Turning the mind to God and recognizing the omnipresence of Love, causes us to rejoice, as we recognize that in Him (pure Spirit) we live, move and have our being.
I know that happiness is God’s will for me and for everyone. I also know that I cannot gain happiness without giving it; therefore I do not expect to be happy unless I make others glad. I radiate happiness to everyone. There is a sense of joy at the center of my being which everyone will feel. There is no insecurity in this happiness, no sense of impoverishment or fear, no feeling of doubt.
Today I turn from everything that depresses, and sing a song of praise, of gratitude and of joy. I am going forth to meet joy, singing the song of the triumph of Spirit over all apparent negation.
Taken from “Richer Living” by Ernest Holmes and Raymond Charles Barker