September 25th, 2007

Madonna del "Magnificat" (detail)

Joy in Simple Things

Something else than a difficult saying from a Desert Father. I have had plans to journal about their sayings, but they are from such another world. It is really hard to apply them to my life.

Late this evening I’ve read the last card inspired by a prayer of Francis of Assisi, a text which I’ve been pulling cards about, off an on for some weeks now. Here is the whole prayer

Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life.
Francis of Assisi

The question for now was: How can I sow joy where there is sadness? I've used the Victorian Romantic Tarot for my answer. 

Nine of Cups is the card that I pulled. A man looks in his jar and probably decides to order another because he is enjoying himself. This card is often called the ‘Wish Card’. In this version of the card the accent is on simple joys, like making (and eating) a tasteful dinner, or drink a little whine (reminds me of my two glasses of champagne that made me wobble on my feet, oh dear). 


The card suggests that I can sow joy by simple, earthy things: by drinking a cup of coffee while having a little talk and a laugh. It is in the simple things that I can sow joy, and this is also the way to go for my own joy when I am sad.