Thursday, January 08, 2009

Pascal's experience of 'Joy, joy, joy, tears of joy'...

In 1654 French philosopher Blaise Pascal had a dramatic encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ. He wrote it down, but as far as we know he never spoke about it with another person (they didn't have Evangelism Explosion back then!).

The only reason we know that it happened is that he had stitched the note into his jacket & after his death it was discovered. It clearly had become the guiding force in his life.

GOD of Abraham, GOD of Isaac, GOD of Jacob,
Not of the philosophers and of the wise.
Security, security. Feeling, joy, peace.
GOD of Jesus Christ
Thy God shall be my God.
Forgetfulness of the world and everything else, except GOD.
He can be found only in the ways taught in the Gospel.
Greatness of the human soul.
Joy, joy, joy, tears of joy.

If he had been asked to do a 'six word memoir' it likely would have been:

Joy, joy, joy, tears of joy.

1 Peter 1:8-9
You never saw him, yet you love him. You still don't see him, yet you trust him—with laughter and singing. Because you kept on believing, you'll get what you're looking forward to: total salvation.


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