Joy is everlasting. I’m a failure at being able to instantly recall biblical passages to know from where this comes, and embarrassed to Google it because I should know its source. The quote comes to me as I hear of a friend’s death and wonder how does one keep our inner joy in the midst of sorrow. How do we remain in place when we are bombarded by minor irritations and oncoming depression. Well each of us has an eternal fountain in our soul, and no man or circumstance can cease its flow. The fountain’s source is God.
God’s joy is unaffected and unchanged by things external. If external things are the source of our joy then they also have to power to destroy our joy. If we drink from the soul’s fountain we will not be sad at times and joyful at others, depending on the whims of outside influence and the whims of fate. Instead Joy is everlasting.