St. Seraphim of Sarov is one of the most inspiring Christians for me. If you don’t know anything about St. Seraphim you can read about him here. When I read his story to my Sunday school class one year ago, as I talked about it in Radiant Joy is Mine back in March, I really felt this nudge to truly seek what we all can have, Joy.
St. Seraphim also tells us “Cheerfulness is not a sin. It drives away weariness, for from weariness there is sometimes dejection, and there is nothing worse than that.” As I have always struggled with depression/despair, a sad countenance- dejection, this quote has really inspired me to grab a hold of cheer. Cheer drives away weariness! Cheer is light. Cheer is grace. Cheer is beauty. Cheer is love. Cheer is all around us and can be within us!
As we come to the end of our Paschal season, tomorrow is the leave-taking of Pascha, let us not lose sight of our Risen Christ but rather remember with great joy that feeling we felt on Pascha morning. Christ is Risen! The same feeling Mary Magdalene felt when she realized the it was Jesus speaking to her in the tomb. Christ is Risen!
This is the day of Resurrection. Let us be illumined, O People. Pascha, the Pascha of the Lord. For from death to life and from earth to heaven has Christ our God led us, as we sing the song of victory! Christ is Risen from the dead!
I will work very hard to find inspirations of the Resurrection every day!
Christ is Risen!
St. Seraphim said it every day!
Christ is Risen!
Why can’t we?
That feeling is what truly brings me cheer! Joy! That feeling of knowing Christ has conquered death! It’s beautiful. It’s lovely! It is everything.
Will you join me on this journey to joy?