Wherever We Turn

Master, which is the great commandment in the Law?

Matthew 22:36
Matthew 22:34-40

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On her twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, Abigail Van Buren, ran the following letter to her husband in her syndicated “Dear Abby” column:

Dear Mort: July 2, 1964. Today is a very special day for me. It’s my twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, and I have this to say: I had a mother and father who really loved each other, so I know what love is. I have worked hard to see two teen-agers safely through their traumatic teens, so I know what satisfaction is. I have prayed, and my prayers have been answered, so I know what faith is. I have had by my side the kindest, gentlest, most considerate human being I’ve ever known, so I know what joy is. I love you.1

Joy is not the same as pleasure, or even happiness. A totally corrupt person can experience pleasure. And any ordinary human person can experience happiness on occasion. Genuine joy, in the Biblical sense, comes from loving God and neighbor.

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