Thursday, October 21, 2010

Oh, Happiness!

One of my first-favorite passages of Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov comes at the end of Part 1. I love the joy and peace of it:

"... he laughed again ... softly and happily. He slowly put the note into the little envelope, crossed himself, and lay down. The confusion in his soul suddenly passed. 'Lord, have mercy on them all today, unhappy and stormy as they are, preserve and guide them. All ways are yours: save them according to your ways. You are love, you will send joy to all!' Alyosha murmured, crossing himself and falling into a serene sleep."

I was reminded of this passage as I listened to David Crowder* Band's "Oh, Happiness!" - a similar strain of meaning echoes in the lyrics, "Oh, happiness! There's grace enough for us and the whole human race."

Yesterday was one of those rare days where I spent the good part of it in joy. Peace and joy. Diapers, dishes, sweeping, feeding the baby - it was all joy, because God is. And he is love. I was perfectly at peace yesterday morning - I knew myself to be the worst of sinners and yet would have been happy in hell if I could retain one thing, simply knowing that God, who is love, was and is and will be forever. Nothing was needed beyond that knowing. I could rest there.

I am not a good man. But Glory to Jesus Christ! for God is good, and the lover of mankind.

Today is another day. Pray for me.

6 comments:

kkollwitz said...

Wow, I quote Scarlett too.

kkollwitz said...

More or less in this case.

Scott Lyons said...

After all ...

Martie said...

Scott,
This is my first time to you blog, but I found myself resonating with the great thinkers we both admire, the books I've read and hope to read, the life I've led and hope to lead.
I'm at stay at home mom in Michigan, part time writer, photographer, teacher, editor, event planner. Today I'm coordinating on a Harvest party for 42 fourth graders & we're going to have a blast!
Blessings to you in your journey.

Scott Lyons said...

Welcome to my little blog, Martie!

I'm originally from Michigan - I know parts of it well.

Scott Lyons said...

Welcome to my little blog, Martie!

I'm originally from Michigan - I know parts of it well.