This is the day that the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 NRSV

Thought

Joy is the perfect balance of peace and hope at the depth of your inmost soul. In joy you are at one with God and with yourself, whatever the circumstances of life may be. In joy the noise of insistent grief is at last silent. Joy is spiritual delight. Joy is the beauty of a roseate sunset. In joy colors seem particularly acute. Joy is filtered sunlight through the majesty of trees. In joy light is the beacon of life.

Prayer

God, you are the Creator. Each new day a gift of life. In joy I am again glad to be alive. I look for you in all creation. Amen.

Assurance

Joy is oneness with the moment of life that is this very day.

Originally published in Beyond the Broken Heart - Daily Devotions for Your Grief Journey,
Abingdon Press 2012