Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. – Nehemiah 8:10

After days of sorrow, despair and disbelief, Jesus returned to say cheer up! All is well and exactly as planned. Ours is a God that inhabits the best things in life and wants us to enjoy His bounty. We can respond by sharing His joy and His abundance – celebrating holy days with His contagious love, demonstrating how in even the most difficult of circumstances, the joy He brings can overcome it all.

Prayer Starter

Thank you for Your joy, the happiness that comes from within, not from a world of outward circumstances. When troubles attack, nothing can steal the joy that You have instilled to sustain me.

-Sue Breland, Journey Through the Cross: Meditations for Lent ©

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