He gives joy!

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Prayer:

Lord God, I have seen the signs.  I have seen the great things that you have done for me.  Fill me with joy, great joy, as I follow you.  Amen.

Devotion:

Isaiah 52:9-10

9 Burst into songs of joy together, you ruins of Jerusalem, for the Lord has comforted his people, he has redeemed Jerusalem. 10 The Lord will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God.

In love for you, many different people gave you many different gifts. In love for you, many different people did many kind things for you.  In love for you, people did great and generous things for you.  It makes our hearts happy to know that people love us like that.

I’ve been making a list of all the different things that people have done for me and given to me this last month.  I want to write them a “thank you” note because of their deep generosity to me.  When I look at that list of people who did these kind things for me, it puts a smile on my face and joy in my heart because they’ve been so kind to me.

What if we did that with God?  What if we spent the time to make a list of all the powerful and kind things that God did for us?  What if we took the time to write down the ways that God loved us? 

  • What if we remembered how he laid his arm bare and came down from heaven to save us?

  • What if we pondered how he became a human being to live and die for us?

  • What if we thought about how he came to us through his Word, through Baptism and through Communion to save and forgive us?

  • What if we considered how he came into our life and brought us his Word and brought us his sacraments through different people?  (For example: God brought his word to me through my parents, through pastors, teachers, etc.?

  • What if we remembered how our God sits on his throne in heaven and rules all things in a way that is good for our souls so that we can spend an eternity with him?

  • What if we thought about how God has a plan for our lives so that we’d believe in him and then stay in the faith until we lived with him in heaven?

  • What if we pondered the amazing truth that God is always with us, all the time, wherever we go and whatever we do?

  • What if we remembered that God has forgiven us all our sins and loves us more than we even begin to imagine?

  • What if we imagined how great the power God has for us is and then knew that our God can do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine?

This would and does give us joy, great joy.

Additional Reading: Psalm 103

Family Questions:

1.    Pick two of the “what if” statements above and talk about what God has and is doing for you.

2.    Write God a “thank you” note about how he has loved you.

Going Deeper:

1.     Giving thanks is one of our most powerful emotions.  When we are thankful, it sends a rush of endorphins.  How can you make moments of thanksgiving part of your regular prayer life?

2.     Read Psalm 103. How does it lead you to give thanks? Make a list.

Prayer:

Lord God, you have been so good to me.  I can hardly count the ways.  Help me to remember your goodness to me and to praise you for all of it. Amen.