By Rev. Dr. Ron Barnes

Man reflecting on joy and sorrow

In counseling we deal with sorrow more often the joy. However, the goal is to enable clients to experience inner joy even amidst their sorrow.  Joy is deeper than happiness. It carries lasting meaning and purpose. Nouwen says this so articulately in his devotional, Bread for the Journey:

“Joy and sorrow are never separated. When our hearts rejoice at a spectacular view, we may miss our friends who cannot see it, and when we are overwhelmed with grief, we may discover what true friendship is all about.  Joy is hidden in sorrow and sorrow in joy.  If we try to avoid sorrow at all costs, we may never taste joy, and if we are suspicious of ecstasy, agony can never reach us either.  Joy and sorrow are the parents of our spiritual growth.”

If you can’t find joy in your situation, you are not alone. We are here to help you begin your journey of hope.  Call Anchorpoint to schedule an appointment at 412-366-1300.