JOY IN TIMES OF STRESS
Read Psalm 118: 21-24
This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
My husband and I were going through some difficult
times with work-related stress and financial worries. We had
moved back to the United
States after living in another
country. We accepted the
first jobs we were offered.
Pinching pennies became
a way of life as we struggled
to pay our bills on our new incomes. The need to find better
employment overshadowed our lives. The stress made it
difficult to enjoy life, and over time it began to wear on us.
One morning as I was meditating, the verse quoted above
came to my mind. For the first time in a while, I thought
about joys that I could find in the world every day. I remembered that a walk in the woods had brought me close to the
fresh scent of trees and soil, the musical sound of birds
conversing, and the feeling of a gentle breeze across my face.
And it didn’t cost a dime!
Scripture helped me realize that every day can bring
something to enjoy, if I will only look for it. In time my
husband and I got back into the habit of seeing God’s gifts
right in front of us, and that went a long way toward easing
our stress. The Lord has created many reasons to rejoice and
be glad within this day and every day.
Prayer: Loving Father, help us to allow the joy of your world
to reach us even during times of stress. Amen.
Courtney Hill Gulbro (Alabama)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE STRUGGLING FINANCIALLY
— Psalm 118: 24 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
God made today, and that
is a reason to rejoice!