“You speak of unconditional joy. Where is the joy when you find out your child is dead, or you have cancer?”

Joy does not mean pain-free. Nor does it mean the absence of intense sorrow. Joy is not a feeling that replaces other feelings. Joy Is the residual reality that is always present once one has actually seen the face of God. The experience is so overwhelming and impressive that it never leaves you regardless of mental and physical circumstances. Therefore, seek God with every shred of your being first and foremost. How? By going about your business and letting your outer life go on, while crying out to Grace internally every moment of every day.

-Atreya Thomas