Read Nehemiah 8: 5-18
Do not be grieved, for the joy of
the LORD is your strength.
— Nehemiah 8: 10 (NRSV)
I thought I was indispensable to my employer — until the
day the company eliminated my job. Morning walks, bike rides,
no requests for interviews. I began to wonder who would hire a
63-year-old woman. Slowly, feelings of worthlessness began to
depress me. Why was it so hard for me to enjoy doing things
I wanted to?
While I was praying for encouragement, it was as if I heard
God say, “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Although Nehemiah faced considerable opposition during
the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s wall, he spent a lot of time on his
knees, praying and trusting God. Nehemiah’s example helped
me to realize I could trust God for my income, a sense of
personal worth, and perhaps a new season in my life.
Choosing joy over giving in to despair meant finding delight
in knowing God. This relationship gives me the strength to face
my future. My grief changed to celebration of how abundantly
God provides for me, so abundantly that I can share with others
who need help too.
Thought for the Day
Choosing joy is
worth the effort.
Prayer: Work through us today, Lord Jesus, that we might be a
blessing to others. Amen.
Sue Tornai (California)
Prayer Focus: THE LONG-TERM UNEMPLOYED