If The Labor Doesn't End In Joy

"If the labor doesn't end in joy
surpassing its conclusion
it is nothing. Better if nothing

had happened at all. That's
the desperate essential gamble
-- dare joy from under its rock."

(from Wendell Berry, "The Garden")

For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised.

That which you sow is not made alive, except it die: And that which you sow, you sow not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may by chance be wheat, or of some other grain.

Be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, since you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.