In Wishful Thinking, Frederick Buechner wrote about joy: “In the Gospel of John, Jesus sums up pretty much everything by saying, ‘These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full’ (John 15:11). He said it at the supper that he knew was the last one at which he’d have a mouth to eat with.”

He continued: “Happiness turns up more or less where you’d expect it to—a good marriage, a rewarding job, a pleasant vacation. Joy, on the other hand, is as notoriously unpredictable as the one who bequeaths it.”

I know this much of joy: it travels hand-in-hand with wonder, occupying the same space as magic and love.  And like grace, it cannot be sought out or earned, and has to be accepted when it presents itself.

I hope the new year brings you joy.


About Stephanie

In her spare time, Stephanie works full-time, and then some, as an attorney. She has published articles and delivered talks in arcane fields like forensic evidentiary issues, jury instructions, and expert scientific witness preparation. She also is an adjunct professor at a law school on the banks of the Charles and loves that dirty water, as she will always think of Boston as her home. You are welcome to take a look at her Facebook author page, or follow @SMartinGlennon on Twitter. All content on this blog, unless otherwise attributed, is (c) 2012-2020 by Stephanie M. Glennon and should not be reproduced (in any form other than re-blogging in accordance with Wordpress protocol and the numerous other wee buttons at the bottom of each post) without the express permission of the domain holder.
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9 Responses to Joy

  1. revbob says:

    Amen! Happy New Year to you and your family, too!

  2. Denise Glennon says:

    You too. Happy New Year!

  3. A M says:

    Peace and love in the New Year and beyond, A&P

  4. Carrie says:

    Happy New Year Stephanie to you and your incredible children. We still need to set that Sushi date for your birthday! We generally go on Saturday nights for a 6pm seating in a Tatami room. Let us know~ I love you, my sister in so many ways, most of all in God’s Love and Joy.

  5. Preeti says:

    Happy New Year! beautiful post!

  6. The Rider says:

    Thanks, may your year also be full of joy!

  7. SusanB says:

    Joy! It’s better than happy, it’s a shot of concentrated happy. It makes the veil in front of my eyes lift so colors pop. I feel So grateful for my life. It’s like a cell full of joy burst inside my blood stream and warms my whole body. Wishing many episodes of that for you and yours.

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