And the ransomed of the LORD will return And come with joyful shouting to Zion, With everlasting joy upon their heads. They will find gladness and joy, And sorrow and sighing will flee away. - Isaiah 35:10
“Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” were ideals of America’s founders. “Happiness,” for them, was not wild living, nor endless acquisition, but a content, disciplined, ordered life. The definition has changed. Happiness, as currently understood, can be stolen by circumstances, people and possessions. Let life situation change, betrayal enter and possessions be taken, and happiness is yanked. But God’s joy is an eternal state of being. His joy can never be stolen.
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