Knowing Joy, Knowing Woe

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The tag line for my blog could also be my life’s theme:

Solid joys, deep sorrows, aggressive hope.

Last year a persistent, present grief pressed down my heart. I knew, though, that I couldn’t abandon joy. Grief would need to make room for a roommate: joy was moving in. They would have to cohabit.

I remembered that metaphor as I read this line from an early C.S. Lewis poem:

Be as the Living ones that know
Enormous joy, enormous woe.

The poems are in Spirits in Bondage, a collection of 40 poems written by Lewis between the ages of 16 and 19.

 

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10 thoughts on “Knowing Joy, Knowing Woe

  1. Thank you so much for sharing that! I, too, have been pressing on to joy in the midst of grief. I am so thankful for your example to me.

  2. Seems almost impossible that joy and grief can cohabit. Maybe because we can’t recognize the greatness of one without the immensity of the other? If that is an example of early C.S. Lewis poems, I want to read more.

  3. I understand what it is to experience great happiness only to be slammed with deep sadness just seconds later. So many outside influences are out of our control! The Serenity Prayer helps me cope. Lewis had amazing, deep reflections didn’t he? Love his mind!

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