The Nature of Joy
I’m reading a wonderful book called The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World, by the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. It was recommended by Bishop Bob Hoshibata at Annual Conference. These spiritual giants have encountered incredible hardships throughout their lives. Yet both have been able to find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering. They have much to teach us. Worlds apart and from different faith traditions, they have met several times and are said to share a special bond. Tutu visited the Dalai Lama on the occasion of his 80th birthday. They met to work on a gift they would offer the world: secrets to finding true joy.
I am inspired to preach a series based on their book. By the time you read this, I will have done the first couple of sermons (which you can always watch after the fact on Livestream):
July 23 The Nature of Joy
July 30 Obstacles to Joy
Aug 20 Pillars of Joy (Part One)
Aug 27 Pillars of Joy (Part Two)
I hope you’ll join me on this journey with Tutu and the Dalai Lama as we discover lessons from their lives and how they have been able to maintain their own personal levels of joy.