“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.” John 16:24 NRSV

Thought

As grief gradually wanes and then fades, you perhaps focus on the questions of life beyond your broken heart. How do you connect and serve again in joy? What is the life force, the motivation, or the impetus of your daily existence? Is it momentary pleasure or life-satisfying joy? Why is it so difficult to relax and enjoy life? Will the cloud of grief overshadow your life forever? Will God ever surprise you again in life with joy? Where do you find fullness of joy? What is complete joy?

Prayer

God, I come to you with the questions of new life. I am grateful for life unfolding in the joy of your grace. Amen.

Assurance

When I ask, I believe that I receive.

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