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Finding Joy in Challenging Times


Writing to the first century church in Philippiin today’s Eastern Greecethe apostle Paul proclaims, “Rejoice, again, I say rejoice.” What is powerful in this counsel is that Paul is writing from prison, facing the possibility of a death sentence. Paul’s affirmation challenges us to ask: Can you have joy in a difficult time? Can you experience wonder and beauty, and rejoice in a time of pandemic? For Paul joy is not accidental, but the result of prayers of gratitude and petition, kindness to others, contemplation, and trusting that in all things God is your companion. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, we can wake up with the psalmist, “this is the day that God has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!” Out of our joy, we can be a blessing to others.


God of all seasons,
I give thanks
for your presence.

Thank you for
waking me up

to a day of possibility
and adventure.

Thank you for
the blessings of friendship.

Let me trust you
with life’s challenges,

knowing that your love
will get me through
nd that you
will make a way
here I perceive no way.
Help me be joyful
nd share my joy
with others.



Joy is a relational virtue. Trusting God’s presence and care take time to reach out to another. Have as your intention the desire to do something that will bring joy and comfort to them. Be a joy-bringer, adding to the wellbeing of those around you.

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