Thursday, September 13, 2018

Blessed with Ecstatic Joy

Experiencing ecstatic joy is an extraordinary blessing.  This is when Christians ascend to the mountaintop of life.  Filled with happiness such individuals are on top of the world looking down at the beautiful valleys below.  They are gladdened by this glorious overview of the world.  Some saints in attaining this state are known for their humility.  These are heavenly and the endowed lights that have been honored by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Believers are assured that eventually they will experience this exalted state for eternity. 

De Dignitate et Augmentis Scientiarum, Antitheta no. 9 (1623) translated by Gilbert Watts 1640 stated: “The voice of the people hath some divineness in it, else how should so many men agree to be of one mind?”  This mindset Christians gain in exalted states.  There are hills and valleys, but rest assured theres also ecstatic joy.

Joy of Freshness

People ought to do their best to be blessed by this kind of joy.  At best its also sacrificial as demonstrated by our greatest teacher Jesus Christ.  Saints have suffered martyrdom, but are greatly honored in their lives.  They have been awarded heavenly crowns of everlasting life for embracing lifes hardships in precious ways.  Through their actions people are healed and brought to see the light.   Throughout the ages these saints’ love has formed a bridge to mankind.  Thats why we enjoy reading about their great deeds. 

Living our lives in the footsteps of Jesus is a delightful testimony.  Its best to do so like his disciples by the way they lived in the world.  Our divine goals therefore must be to transform lives.  For theres supreme joy in heaven when one soul is won for the Lord.  A credo engraved in Rockefeller Center Plaza, New York stated, “The rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind, and … only the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.”  What an inspiration for souls that are yearning to be set free!

Mother of Joy

Ecstasy is the Mother of Joy.  It brings gladness to hearts, minds, and souls by reaching out to others.  In these paths are abiding truths that endow our spirits in living to the fullest.  Its this epitome of goodness found in loving our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  His teachings compel us to embrace the everlasting way.

In a 1609 Sonnet 33, William Shakespeare (15641616), Englands greatest playwright wrote:

Full many a glorious morning have I seen
Flatter the mountain tops with sovereign eye,
Kissing with golden face the meadows green.

With these beautiful lines Shakespeare captured the mountain-top experiences of nature.  These symbols are superb, full of light, and refreshing to our souls.  This Sonnet could be the way Christian missionaries view their earthly paradise.  Love is expressed in the protection of the environment which was graciously created by God.  This happiness is shown by how we live and relate to nature.  People often find this encouragement in the words of the Holy Bible.  Within its pages were able to taste these divine realities. 

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