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.