A piece on hope and joy during these troubling times.    

  By:  Lenis Pasochoa.      

Grade : 7

 Joy is what you feel when something is going the way you plan. Joy means, the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. Joy is a way to find who you are in the world. How do you get joy? I feel joy when I pray to God knowing he is with me, brings me a peace of mind that just is joyful. What can Joy bring to the people around us? There’s many things Joy can bring us such as, happiness, success and inspiration. You can also make joy a better feeling for someone who needs it. Have you ever felt something isn’t going the way you planned? I have been through those tough times during this terrible pandemic. I always ask God to keep his hands on me and my family, and that gives me peace to know that everything will be ok in the end.

Sometimes joy can be really hard to find these days. Many people have passed away, many jobs have been taken away, and schools are closing down. Many are going through rough times, trying to bring a plate of food on the table. I have been through these struggles, but no matter how much sadness you are going through, it will always come to an end. Some things that have helped me a lot to get through these rough times is praying to God, reading books, drawing, and being able to have my family together with me. I try to stay as calm as I can, but knowing that there are many kids that have lost their parents during this pandemic, brings me such pain in my stomach but has brought me closer to God. I pray for those who have lost their lives. I pray that those out there fighting this virus can at last have a piece of love, joy, and happiness in their lives.

Many people including myself have asked this question. What’s the point of life?. Up to this date I still ask that question to myself  and I finally have an answer. God has many reasons you have come into this world. You are to be free and show the people around you that you are a son or daughter of God. Another way to find out who you are in this world is by having faith in God, showing joy, praying to God and having a long journey finding who you really are meant to be. You are meant to spread the word of God, show it by your action, and not fail your relationship with God. Did you ever know that 50% of your life is joy and happiness!

“When we need, God knows, When we ask, God listens.” We should always know that God is our shadow, he is always by your side and will never leave you behind. It will never be too late to ask God for forgiveness. Always remember joy is a wonderful gift of God. Show the people around you joy everyday even when things are tough!