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Faith and Happiness

by Rev. Fr. V.V. Paulose, Toronto, Canada

Today's Bible Verse

"They are like trees planted along the river bank, bearing fruits each season. Their leaves never wither, and they prosper in all they do." (Psalm 1:3)

Discussion

Are you happy and good by your faith?

Faith and happiness go together. Happiness and wellness is the ultimate destination of all believers in God. Those who meditate and delight in the law of God have all the nourishment for eternal bliss and happiness. God will shine on their faces. "The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did" (Genesis 39:2). Much of the wisdom of both Eastern and Western traditions centers on making God's will, not my will and not to expect God to act according to my needs and wishes. Success seems to have little to do with happiness and wellness. Scientific studies prove that the happiest are religious people, defined as those for whom 'RELIGION IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF DAILY LIFE AND CHURCH/SYNAGOGUE/ MOSQUE/CENTRES OF WORSHIP ATTENDANCE OCCURS AT LEAST EVERY WEEK OR ALMOST EVERY WEEK.' Faith is a way of submission in place of conquest, they would have been free from the prejudices that obscure the religious way of life.

Dow Marmur writes, "In the 1990s, I was part of a group that launches the Toronto Jewish healing Project. Its aim was to help individuals to deal with life's burdens by studying the texts in our tradition that put life as it is in a mature perspective, thus giving it purpose and meaning. Cure, we knew, must be left to the doctors, but affirmation of faith can bring healing by making people whole and, yes, happy even when they are outwardly broken."

Take our faith as a way of life, not as for instant gratification. Daily prayer, Bible study, meditation, and church attendance are the connecting link to happiness. Don't stop it, but do whatever you can to enhance it.

Prayer

Jesus, give faith to those who are in doubt. Let us focus on eternity and its joy. Remove all distracting sounds and fury of frustrations and discouragement. All we ask in the name of Jesus.

Amen.

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