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Irritating Pearls

Discussion in 'Other Discussions' started by Matt Janes, Jan 29, 2018.

  1. Matt Janes

    Matt Janes Member

    Jan 7, 2018
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    Seeking Christ
    A pearl is formed through an irritant In the clam or oyster. It keeps moving the irritant around until it becomes a smooth pearl.

    Perhaps that irritant, annoyance, and suffering in your life is to produce that pearl of great price.

    In the gospel, the pearl of great price, is compared to the kingdom of God, something a person sells everything they have to obtain.

    Wisdom is also described as a pearl (and a female.)

    With a clam, suffering produces the Pearl in it's heart. Perhaps suffering in your life is what is producing pearls in your heart that you most treasure?

    Jesus was a member of the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire treasured pearls above almost everything else.

    Maybe the fruit of your suffering is producing what you want to treasure the most?

    Any thoughts?
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  2. JonC

    JonC Lifelong Disciple

    Aug 28, 2001
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    Brings to mind Gibran (and one of my favorite chapters of The Prophet):

    "THEN a woman said, Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow. And he answered: Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

    When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful, look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.” But I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed. Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy. Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced. When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall."(Gibran, Kahlil. The Prophet)
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