Joy and sorrow in the kingdom of God

If you are familiar with theological studies, you probably know the term “kingdom language”.  In our classes, we are taught to take in information and translate it into practice in the kingdom of God.

I’ve been listening to the song “Where Joy and Sorrow Meet” nonstop this week. Avalon did it, then Zoe Group covered it. When I hear it,  images flash into my mind of my friends in Baja who live in boxes. Mission teams come to visit them  and bring a bag of food for the week. And they are always so overjoyed to see the Americans. They tell us that our presence and our faith in action encourage them to press on. For me, it is absolutely the inverse that is true: their faith amidst their abject poverty inspires me every day.

As I was thinking on these things, I thought back to what I read on the Kosmos Ministries website about the poor of Nicaragua, who often dumpster-dive for their food.  And it got me thinking about joy, sorrow and the kingdom of God.

Frederick Buechner says that “the place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet”.  I think the kingdom of God happens whenever  we use our passions to shape actions we take with the specific intent of bringing glory to God, and in the process, bringing healing, justice and love to the world one interaction at a time.

I think God calls different people to different things, so that in countless ways, God’s people are living out the kingdom of God: the place where joy and sorrow meet.

Think about that today, and pray for opportunities to introduce  your great joy in Christ to the deep sorrows of the world.

www.kosmosministries.org

” There’s a place of quiet stillness ‘tween the light and shadows’ reach where the hurting and the hopeless seek everlasting peace. Words of men and songs of angels whisper comfort bittersweet mending grief and life eternal where joy and sorrow meet

There is a place where hope remains in crowns of thorns and crimson stains and tears that fall on Jesus’ feet where joy and sorrow meet

There’s a place the lost surrender and the weary will retreat, full of grace and mercy tender in times of unbelief. For the wounded, there is healing; strength is given to the weak. Broken hearts find love redeeming where joy and sorrow meet

There is a place where hope remains in crowns of thorns and crimson stains, and tears that fall on Jesus’ feet where joy and sorrow meet

There’s a place of thirst and hunger where the roots of faith grow deep and there is rain and rolling thunder when the road is rough and steep. There is hope in desperation, there is victory in defeat at the cross of restoration, where joy and sorrow meet.

There is a place where hope remains in crowns of thorns and crimson stains and tears that fall on Jesus’ feet where joy and sorrow meet. “

Here’s a link to the song  if you’d like to hear it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzBchnkQIQU&feature=related

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