May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Thought for the Day: The Joy of the Lord can be felt through those people and experiences near us.
What brings the joy of the Lord? What brings a warmth to the heart? Recently, I realized that a joy was felt in my heart as I talked to a friend in the school where I have a long-term substitute position. I said, “You know, it is funny…all of this time I have not been working, I have gone to the church early each Wednesday to prepare my children’s choir room rehearsal. But since I have been working, I have gone in just a few minutes early to get ready for the children to come in the choir room. I truly believe these rehearsals of last minute entrance have been the best rehearsals.” She replied, “That’s because you are where you are supposed to be.” As she said that, I knew she was right. Although I am in a substitute position and still have no idea what my future holds, I am teaching in a school each day and I feel I am doing the thing that brings me pure joy. Because of that joy, other areas in my life seem to be more in line. Now, at church, I hear children say, “Mrs. Locke, I saw you at school the other day”, and at school I hear, “Mrs. Donna!!!”, and feel arms coming around my waist for a hug. That is where the warmth comes to my heart.
Today, the song, “The Joy of the Lord” comes to my mind as I think about this joy that has come in a simple recognition from a child that they “Know” me and through the warmth that comes from those arms coming around me for a hug. I wrote recently about what “Faith” is and said, “Faith is believing without seeing”. Today, I realize that I have been in the midst of God and through these children. I have seen His face as He has shown His faithfulness to me.
Prayer: Father God! Today we praise You and worship Your Holy Name. You are a gracious and loving Father. Today, thank you for bringing us joy and warmth through the people you place in the walk around us. Thank you for letting us “see” through faith, the unconditional love You have for us. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Those needing to feel joy and warmth