Joy’s Arrival / Hidden in the Boughs

‘Joy’s arrival’ was written in the early months of global lockdowns, at a time where distance felt insurmountable and travel impossible. In the midst of a kind of togetherness in […]

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Meticulous Mycologist: How Beatrix Potter Inspired C. S. Lewis’s Joy

“One autumn when the nuts were ripe, and the leaves on the hazel bushes were golden and green, Nutkin and Twinkleberry and all the other little squirrels came out of […]

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The Shoes

Nick and his two sisters descended the stairs into the basement of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. He looked down at his polished shoes as they hit the pavement next to […]

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Joy: A Photo Essay

Citation Information Tommy Darin Liskey, “Joy: A Photo Essay,” An Unexpected Journal: Joy 5, no. 3. (Fall 2022), 144-156. Spread the love    Tweet   

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Broken Blessings / Jubilee

“If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who […]

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Joy, Happiness, and Scientific Utopia

It is easy to conflate the concepts of joy and happiness, but C.S. Lewis defines joy as a unique phenomenon:  “[A]n unsatisfied desire which is itself more desirable than any […]

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Joy (And Truth and Love)

Few words fall more glibly from Christian tongues than Joy.  Yet few experiences are more profoundly central to Christian spirituality as it is presented by the New Testament, and few […]

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Joy in the Mystery

There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says, in the end, “Thy will […]

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Joy – Brief

True joy is not some fleeting temporal thing contingent on circumstance. Abiding joy is a gift from God, and I found it over the course of the most painful event […]

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Home at Last / Song of Songs

Home At Last   Homesick hungry weary lonely, Hearts beleaguered, yet unbowed. Still we seek thee ancient beauty Shining prospect glimpsed through cloud. Bright horizon, distant city Where our joy […]

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