Kissing the Joy

  • July 9, 2018
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There’s a lot of wisdom in this four-line poem by William Blake. 

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada and there’s a lot of wisdom in this four-line poem by William Blake.  Listen.  He says, “He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in Eternity’s sun rise.”  What does Blake mean by that?  Well, you can revel in heart-melting moments of beauty, and even happy times of companionship with Jesus, but you can’t freeze time to hold on to them. If you tried to wrap your fingers around them, capture them in a golden cage, or encase them, you would only kill them.  So what do you do with those rare golden moments of life when you are swept into wonder or joy bubbles up in your heart like a spring?  You savor those moments.  You humbly thank God for them.  And you let them go, knowing in faith that there’s always more to come.  Something to remember as you grow closer to Christ.

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