I hope you will let these wise words of Henri Nouwen wash over you today:

Our life is a short time in expectation, a time in which sadness and joy kiss each other at every moment.

There is a quality of sadness that pervades all the moments of our lives.

It seems there is no such thing as a clear-cut pure joy, but that even in the most happy moments of our existence we sense a tinge of sadness.

In every satisfaction, there is an awareness of limitations. In every success, there is the fear of jealousy. Behind every smile, there is a tear. In every embrace, there is a loneliness. In every friendship, distance.

And in all forms of light, there is the knowledge of surrounding darkness ...

But this intimate experience in which every bit of life is touched by a bit of death can point us beyond the limits of our existence.

It can do so by making us look forward in expectation to the day when our hearts will be filled with perfect joy, a joy that no one shall take away from us.

(Henri J.M. Nouwen, Making All Things New: An Invitation to the Spiritual Life)

I have always lived with a bit of melancholy in my soul -- always.

I used to think of that as a flaw.

But now I know, more deeply than ever, that it is a calling card from a world I was created for and have not yet experienced, the world that is to come. A world that all the goodness and beauty in this world can only hint at. The world where every tear will be wiped away, and there will be no more sickness and no more death, there will be no more war or starvation or exploitation. And a good, loving, kind, steadfast, faithful God will hold every single one of us in nail-pierced hands

I look forward to that with great expectation. Don't you?

Our tinges of sadness are our invitation. It helps to remember that.

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