Happiness

On Sunday we began a new sermon series about happiness. What is it? How do we get it? What does God have to do with happiness?
Many of you were able to recite by heart along with me when I read the preamble to the Constitution: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
As Americans we take the pursuit of happiness very seriously. But yesterday we asked ourselves the question, what if happiness is not something to be pursued/chased/stalked/manufactured/bought? What if happiness is, instead, something that is bestowed upon us? Something we can’t achieve or chase down, but something we can only receive? As a gift from God?

When we take Holy Communion together, we don’t earn it; we receive it. When we recognize God’s love for us, it isn’t earned; it is received. What if happiness is like this too? 

What if happiness is not chasing down the good life or achieving the perfect ideal, but walking into the open, waiting arms of God, and all the peace therein