This morning I rediscovered an old battered reference book that has brought me great joy through the years.
As I opened the book a handwritten letter fell out. It was written by a nephew who was in the military. I was reminded again of the joy we felt as God brought him safely home.
After being unable to physically attend church the last two weeks due to my recent surgery I was excited to be able to go this morning.
We entered a few minutes late as my favorite worship leader was just beginning to sing my favorite song of worship (Good, Good Father – Chris Tomlin).
I heard God’s word taught with humility, insight and joy. I was reminded of what our core truths are. I was given clarity as to when we should speak up and when to just let it go.
After the service I was greeted, hugged and encouraged by so many people who had prayed for me, provided food, and visited me after my neck fusion surgery.
I intentionally and joyfully took a two hour nap so that I could go to our life group Sunday night.
I was greeted after the nap by a smile from my wife of 34 years who has been my most consistent source of joy in this life.
I discovered that Amazon had that old battered reference book that I love in Kindle and paperback. I ordered them both.
I have discovered so many reasons for joy that I had taken for granted.
I cannot get the words from Hebrews 12:2 out of mind: ” Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”