Thought for the Day: Wouldn’t it be nice if the world was together in mood. When it was time to grieve, everyone stood still and grieved. When it was time to celebrate, everyone lifted their voices in song. When it was time to pause and reflect, the world paused and made time to reflect. It would be nice, for in reality, what most often happens is a collision of emotions, some of them in the same community or even household. I have watched extended families attempt to maneuver dramatically different emotions – a wedding and a funeral in the same week; the birth of a baby and a pending divorce discussed around the same table; a wonderful promotion at work while someone else just got laid off. This is the reality of life, but it is challenging for everyone, especially those who feel pulled between both worlds. The person in the Psalm is filled with an immense amount of joy, while those close by feel as if God has deserted them. Does the one bursting with joy parade this jubilation in the face of those who are hurting? Probably not! At the same time, the one enjoying the joy does not need to take on the spirit of hopelessness. It is not easy to navigate, yet the joy is a potential gift of transformation. How it is introduced among those who find no goodness whatsoever is the tricky part, but it can be done… done with grace and compassion.
Prayer: When I am overflowing with your Spirit of Joy, O Lord, let me find places to share it. In my search, make me aware of how best to offer what I have been given, being especially mindful of those who might not be receptive quite yet. Amen.
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