"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."
~ Ephesians 3: 20-21
John Denver wrote the song Matthew years ago. The chorus of the song shares, "Yes, and joy was just a thing that he was raised on, love was just a way to live and die.
Gold was just a windy Kansas wheat field, blue was just the Kansas summer sky."
The song describes how joy was expressed in a person's life. Although times weren't always good, the character, Matthew, just seemed to live his life in joy. No matter what was going on.
I think sometimes we forget that joy is an essential part of life.
Paul, even in his times of being in prison, would sing.
God's presence does allow us to experience joy, even in our difficult times.
I can't explain it, but even in times that may prove to be challenging, the joy of the Lord is our strength (to quote another verse).
I'm grateful for friends and family, who, when I find that I'm having difficulty, help me to recognize the true joy that exists in times of sorrow.
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2019
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.