Joy and Woe

January 7, 2013 | My Jottings

I love this quote below. I also believe that if we truly expected our lives to be woven both with joys and woes, and if we quit trying so hard to make our lives woe-free, we would have more peace and contentment.

Joy and woe are woven fine,
A clothing for the soul divine,
Under every grief and pine,
Runs a joy with silken twine.
It is right it should be so,
We were made for joy and woe,
And when this we rightly know,
Through the world we safely go.

William Blake

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What do you think?


  1. Helen in Switzerland says:

    Yes, it’s lovely!

  2. Just Julie says:

    Hi Helen! xxoo

  3. Dorothy Sooter says:

    I am always surprised when the woe comes and it certainly does.
    My age tells me that the years are going so fast and knowing there
    will be no tears in Heaven, my bad habits of worrying seems to
    be less. It is so comforting to know that God is in charge.

  4. Just Julie says:

    I agree with everything you said, Dorothy….so very true. xxoo

  5. Kay in Kernow says:

    For some reason, I woke up this morning thinking about the fact that I can remember few individual days in my past. Obviously, I can remember the really BIG ones, like marriage, childbirth and loss, but not the vast majority of the day-to-day ones. Even when I went through the darkest of times, it all seems a bit of a blur now. And I thought, is this related to the statement Paul made about being content in all things? Because if we are to be truly content in all things, then we MUST live in the present. No looking back nostalgically/regretfully, no looking forward apprehensively.
    Perhaps it’s an age thing, but this morning it seemed rather scary to reflect on how much I can’t remember. So then I turned to God who is the great I AM and just enjoyed being in His presence. I AM, no need for I was or I will be, just I AM. And I suppose as we now have eternal life in Jesus Christ, I too, can say I am.
    (This is all a bit deep for me, especially first thing in the morning. But I just wanted to share as to where my thoughts were leading me. I believe it’s related to your post and Dorothy’s thoughts on said post.)

  6. Just Julie says:

    I have experienced similar things, Kay. I used to remember details in a freakish way, with no effort whatsoever. Now I have to write everything down and my memory alarms me some days. I enjoy your deep thoughts. 🙂 God bless your day…. xxoo

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