The Devil and A  Joyful Heart

There is an old European story about a traveler who came upon a barn where the devil had stored seeds which he planned to sow in the hearts of people.

The bags of seeds were variously marked "Hatred", "Fear", "Doubt", "Despair", "Unforgiveness", "Pride", "Greed", etc.

The devil appeared and struck up a conversation  with the traveler.  He gleefully told the traveler how easily the seeds he sowed sprouted in the hearts of men and women.

"Are there any hearts in which these seeds will not sprout?" the traveler asked.

A melancholy look appeared on the devil's face.
"These seeds will not sprout in the heart of a thankful and joyful person", he confessed.

For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with victory. Let the faithful exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their couches.

Psalm 149:4,5 RSV

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