SPIRIT OF JOY
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
Worship the LORD with gladness; come
before him with joyful songs. . . . give
thanks to him and praise his name.
The 88-year-old woman had come to the soup kitchen for
her supper. She seemed to be the life of the party at her table,
around her. Apparently
hard of hearing, she
talked loudly, which
allowed many people to
hear the “Bless you!” that
she said to those who
stopped by to greet her.
Prior to the meal, many of the people who entered the
dining area looked downcast and seemed ashamed to be
there. However, the Spirit of God, working through this
positive and joyful woman, seemed to change the atmosphere
of the whole room. In no time, the laughter and relaxed
fellowship at her table had spread to all the other tables.
Serving the Lord with gladness is contagious and brings
joy to the heart. It helps us to understand that no matter our
circumstances, we can be agents of God’s blessings.
Prayer: Helper of all persons, help us to be positive and joyful
witnesses for you wherever we are. Amen.
Walter N. Maris (Missouri)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE WHO IS HOMELESS
— Psalm 100: 1-2, 4 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
God can help me bring
joy to others through
my joyful attitude.