What pleases God

By Paulo Coelho

On the Torah’s day of joy, Ball-Shem’s pupils celebrated, drinking the master’s wine. The rabbi’s wife complained:

“If they drink all the wine, there won’t be any for the ceremony,” she said.

“Put an end to the party,” replied the rabbi.

The woman went to the room where the pupils were drinking. But as soon as she opened the door, she changed her mind and went back to her husband.

“Why didn’t you do anything?” asked Baal-Shem.

“Because they danced, sang and were so full of joy for life,”, replied his wife. “I hadn’t the courage.”

“You have understood: this is how God receives the gratitude of his people – seeing they are content. Go there and serve my disciples more wine,” concluded the rabbi.

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Comments

  1. THELMA says:

    Our natural mood is joy! Harmony within ourselves and within Nature. Breaking the rules has brought us the misery we experience. Just let's go back to our childhood and..play the game and music….again. LOVE, THELMA

  2. Marie-Christine says:

    wine and nice crusty bread

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymG3eQempnI
    Alanis MorissettePerfect

  3. Marie-Christine says:

    Sounds like Bumpzee is run by John Cleese…..”always look on the bright side of life>”

  4. Marie-Christine says:

    I am content.

  5. Marie-Christine says:

    time for a glass of “vino”

  6. Christopher says:

    Some, however, become so enamored with the wine and dancing that they lose sight of life. Lasting joy cannot be bought with a jug of wine. That requires a 24/7 commitment to sharing the peace and love of God.

  7. Agnieszka says:

    God is the heart filled with joy, God is love, God is eternity.
    love
    Agnieszka

  8. Heart says:

    Wine cheers the heart of man, and wine mixed with water is given to children in France I believe. I’ve seen Vietnamese children dance to praise God in Church, and have been touched by their joy.

    The Catholics always had real wine for Communion, while the Lutherans took away any alcohol during the service and called it sinful.

    One summer I lived with a group of priests in Ireland. Most of them can be said to have an alcohol problem. They were very jolly, but suffered from the out of control alcohol consumption.

    Did they please God? Of course they did. So I will shut up now.

  9. Irene says:

    and happy I am ,thankyou for this read today Best wishes Irene.

  10. Alexandra says:

    Of course.Like a good parent,God want see his children happy.Natural

  11. THELMA says:

    Our natural mood is joy! Harmony within ourselves and within Nature. Breaking the rules has brought us the misery we experience. Just let’s go back to our childhood and..play the game and music….again. LOVE, THELMA

  12. Agnieszka says:

    There were times when people associated God with strict rules, etc..but God is so much more, God is love and love brings joy and happiness even on the cloudy moments. When you turn on the beautiful music all of your senses wake up and the heart is filled with tranquility, with joy, and you feel like you are in your dreams and you are…alive.

    love
    Agnieszka

  13. Parsh says:

    Good story. Makes me wonder how many realize that in today’s fast paced lifestyle of people. We seem to have given away the need to enjoy life. Always chasing after one task to other…and by the time you have accumulated what you had wished for…the age has past by :|. Hopefully the children and grand children will enjoy but then who knows if they are content with what you had for them or they again go chasing after. It is good to have high ambitions but not without losing the touch of living experience :).