Πᾶσαν χαρὰν ἡγήσασθε , ἀδελφοί μου , ὅταν πειρασμοῖς περιπέσητε ποικίλοις
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials
Count 'oH Hoch Quch, wIj loDnI'pu', ghorgh SoH pum Daq various temptations James 1:2
This morning I had to alter my normal bike route. I needed to swing by the ATM as well as drop off an overdue book at the library. So I found myself biking down an unfamiliar street. As I moved through, I spotted a flash of movement - a bird? No, it was a paper airplane. When I looked again, I saw its "pilot," a 7 year old barefoot boy in his pajamas, happily launching his plane into the air again and again.
I can't say why, but that moment just gave me a lift. As I sailed on to work, I thought of him, enjoying a warm summer morning, standing, running and leaping in his front yard to fly on his wings of paper.
The apostle James, in his letter to believers scattered throughout the known world, reminds us
Consider it all joy Count 'oH Hoch Quch
As we've spread farther across Earth, as we spread out into the solar system and beyond, we need to hear those words.
This joy spoken of in the Bible - Xara in the Greek, is cheerfulness, i.e. calm delight - something I think I saw in that boy as he launched out into the morning skies with his airplane. It's what James advises us to find in the midst of lifes trials. Never forget - the Bible is NOT unrealistic. The call to joy isn't blind optimism, but a trusting faith that relies on a loving God to lead us through trouble.
Certainly no Klingon would think that Quch - happiness - was found denying the difficulties of life. But Klingons would NOT let those trials prevent them from finding the Quch, the Joy in life as we do find it.
Whether we speak of JOY, or XARA or QUCH - remember, that calm delight is indeed what God wants you to find. This is what Jesus is promising when he says:
tlhob, je SoH DichDaq Hev, vetlh lIj Quch may taH chenmoHta' teblu'ta'.
Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be made full. John 16:24
This summer day, as you have opportunity, kick off your shoes! Run through the grass! Take delight in God's love and the reassurance that he does indeed desire that lIj Quch may taH chenmoHta' teblu'ta' - your joy may be made full.