My son once asked me what was the difference between “joy” and “happiness.” My answer was in “kid speak,” but I was able to tell him that being happy was quick and on the surface, like when you are happy to see someone or happy that you did well on a video game. Joy, on the other hand, is much deeper. Joy is something that covers you and makes you smile from ear to ear for days. Joy makes you feel satisfied and at peace.
I’m not sure if he got it or not – it really is hard to explain. But, I get it . . . and I recently felt it. Actually, I decided to combine days 2 & 3 of the photo challenge because it was love that brought joy into my heart Thanksgiving week. So, bear with me as I share a mushy moment.
We ventured down to the beach for Thanksgiving – my family, my parents, and my sisters family. My husband and I stayed in a one-bedroom condo while the rest were in a larger condo down the strip. As my husband and I were preparing to go to the other place for Thanksgiving day, I was overwhelmed with love and joy. As you know, this has been a turbulent year for me and, as I reflected on how things could have been this holiday season, I was brought to tears. I shared this with my husband, boo-hooing all over him telling him how thankful I was for him, for our marriage, and for the love we have. He, of course, was wonderful and held me as I cried and assured me that he felt the same.
Love and joy do go hand in had much of the time. I won’t post the “love” pic of me and my husband. Instead I’m sharing the pic I used for “joy,” which was a photo I took at a local botanical garden. May the love in your life bring you amazing joy this Advent season!