Monday, September 20, 2021

Katie Snipes Lancaster

I pray that you may have
the power to comprehend,
with all the saints,
what is the breadth and length
and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ
that surpasses knowledge,
so that you may be filled
with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:18–19

A Look at Joy
God took flesh—rejoice in yours. God laughed and loved—go thou and do likewise… The ethic of joy is not a list of do’s and don’ts. It is a trusting and loving embrace of life. It is a deep acceptance of the Incarnation as a reality embedded in our own hearts. We have to stand up and decide realizing that everything matters and everything needs a creative positive response. If we share in divinity, then we share as co-creators of our world, and ‘not doing’ is not very creative.

The ethic of joy is expansive and is not an easy option. Our mortal soul is not facing a grave-faced judgmental God but our world is facing destruction. We need to find the ethic of joy, the love of self, others, and the world that comes from accepting the reality of the Incarnation. Our future depends on it.

(excerpted from Lisa Isherwood’s essay “The Ethics of Joy” in the journal Feminist Theology, September 4, 1993)

Divine love of life,
May we rejoice in the ordinary incarnation of this day:
laughter and love, trust, and embrace,
acceptance and response embedded in flesh,
stardust made heartbeat.