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Finding Joy

Two old men share an intimate moment of joy. Look at the mischievous grins on their faces. Notice the smiles. These are men who have experienced tremendous suffering in their life. One as a refugee, unable to return to his native land. The other as the leader of people oppressed and murdered by the South African government under the apartheid laws.

And yet, you will not meet two people with more joy and who share more laughter despite the oppression they have endured and the deaths of too many friends and followers.

Why aren't they embittered, cynical and angry like so many seem to be in our world? What do they possess that frees them from the harsh realities of the past and allows them to be messengers of a hopeful tomorrow? What is the source of their joy?

Hear some of their wisdom.

Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

It is how we face all the things that seem to be negative in our lives that determines the kind of person we become.

The three factors have the greatest influence on increasing our happiness are: our ability to reframe our situation more positively; our ability to experience gratitude; and our choice to be kind and generous.

Mental immunity is just learning to avoid the destructive emotions and to develop positive ones.

We have responses: fear, frustration, anger. We realize that these are aspects of the mind. They are not actual reality. Similarly, fearlessness, kindness, love and forgiveness are aspects of the mind.

If you wish to have more joy in your life. If you long for joy that is not fade with the ups and downs of life, then come and read, learn, discuss and digest the wisdom of these two sages of our age.

Joy & Peace!



Jeff+




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© May 2019 by The Rev. Jeff Douglas


St. Thomas is a vibrant, welcoming, Christian community cultivating mind, body & spirit through worship, fellowship, and service, loving our neighbors as ourselves

The Rev. Jeff Douglas, Rector

Our Staff:
       Parish Secretary
       Julie Bazemore
       Musician:
       Jonathan Johnston
Our Vestry:
       Buddy Jones, Sr. Warden
       David Shields, Jr. Warden
       Carolyn Peele, Clerk
       Ernie Carter, Treasurer
       Martie Tayloe
       Dr. Charles Sawyer
       David Shields
       Becky Johnson
       Carolyn Peele
       Bill Blanchard
       Dr. John Davis
       Linda Blackburn

Parish Commissions:

Administration:
       Bill Blanchard
       Ernie Carter, Treas.
       
Parish Life/Communications:
       Carolyn Peele
       
Pastoral Care:
       Martie Tayloe
       Carolyn Peele
       
Worship:
       Dr. Charles Sawyer
       Dr. John Davis
       The Rev. Jeff Douglas
       
Buildings & Grounds
       David Shields, Jr. Warden
       
Christian Education
       Buddy Jones
       
Outreach
       David Shields
       Becky Johnson
If you would like to volunteer or have ideas about how St. Thomas' can have a more effective ministry in these areas, contact the appropriate person and make St. Thomas' ministry even better.