Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, Rejoice.
Thought for the Day: Joy can come to us, even in our grief.
I was attending Annual Conference one summer when a pastor approached me. With love in his heart and in his words, he stated that he admired me and that I was an example to pastors and peers of how one can come through grief to have joy. When I walked away from him, my initial thought was, “But I don’t want to be known for that – I want to still have my family and to have not experienced the grief.” Years after that conversation, I heard that pastor preach and he knew my husband and I were in the congregation. He once again, in his sermon, mentioned my family as well as my husband’s family for the admiration so many have for how we have come through situations we have gone through. As I reflect over those precious words, I look back over my life and know that my parents taught me and my husband’s parents taught him to have joy in life. Though both of us experienced hardships early in life, we were taught by our Godly parents to go through every day of our life with joy and with concern for others. I still look back and sometimes wish things were different, but they aren’t. Thank goodness my parents gave me the heritage of joy and the belief in our precious Lord. I have often said, “I cannot imagine going through what I have been through without God being by my side.” Now I have the joy of my precious family and I thank God every day for them.
God is joy. God is love. Even Paul stated from prison “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again; Rejoice!”
Prayer: Father God, thank you for joy. You gave us parents who taught us that even through hard times, we can feel your joy. Help us today to share that joy with those around us. Amen
Prayer Focus: THOSE GRIEVING