Joy

Shout for joy, you heavens;

Rejoice, you earth;

Burst into song, you mountains!

For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

Isaiah 49:13

Have you ever returned from a concert, a worship service, an important event and just felt joy? I wish that feeling would last longer. It may have been a while since you felt an over abundance of joy. It may have been within the last day. But whether we feel the joy or not, Isaiah 49:13 reminds us that the Lord comforts his people. Thank you Lord. No matter what the circumstances I can come to you to be comforted.

But on those days when you have joy overflowing, do you take the time to share it? Do you tell others or do you keep it as your private secret? Some events we share with everyone. The birth of your new grandchild, the adoption of a kitten or puppy, a wonderful reunion of friends who haven’t seen each other in years. But do we share other experiences? Those days we clearly hear God’s calling for us, or feel that His hand is upon us. Do we talk about Him to those who may not know him? I confess that often I hold back. I don’t want to do that anymore. Will you join me in being bold for our Lord? Will you join me in sharing my joy, especially when the source is so clearly from our Heavenly Father?

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