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Joy-Joy Win-Win

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I’ve done a lot of thinking about our Joy Rising theme at Woodhaven. What brings me joy? What causes my joy to rise? Can I give others joy or cause their joy to rise?
 
There are a lot of things that give me joy and cause my joy to rise. Mostly I have faith in Jesus as my Lord and Savior, so as the song Old Church Choir by Zach Williams says, “Ain’t Nothing Going to Steal My Joy!” I always have joy in my heart. There are times it’s a little harder to access than others, but I know it is always there.
 
Jesus is my source of joy, but on a lesser level there are other things that bring me joy. Sometimes joy comes in a song, a call or note from a friend, a hug, the unconditional greeting of my dog, or a luscious piece of chocolate cake. Part of my joy comes from the privilege of serving at Woodhaven. I love being able to talk with the kids, teach them, and share life with them (and you) at Woodhaven.
 
Recently I’ve begun a new volunteer job. My joy is definitely rising, and I believe I’m helping others to feel some joy as well. I’m volunteering for a couple of hours each week at UNC Children’s Hospital. My official job title is “Cuddler.” I find babies (sometimes older children) who need to be rocked, held, and talked to or sung to. I’ve really enjoyed my time with the little ones.
 
Hopefully, the attention I’ve shared with them has given them, their parents and the medical staff some joy, as well. The little ones are getting some needed one on one attention that has nothing to do with their medical condition. Rather than a win-win situation, I like to think of it as a joy-joy situation. I get joy, and others get joy, too! Can you find a way to help your joy and the joy of others rise?