Here are the quotes that Pastor Kendra references in her sermon (or were also ones that inspired her words).
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking
“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb. (Don’t Hesitate)” Mary Oliver, Swan: Poems and Prose Poems
We shake with joy
We shake with grief
What a time these two have, housed as they are in the same body
“…for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10