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Look for God's Joy, Monday, Advent Week 3

Blades of grass up close covered with droplets of rainwater.

© Beth A. Richardson, betharichardson.com

Prayer

God, when I am joyless, help me stop, turn to you, and take actions of joy. Let me join with you in selfless joy. Amen.

Carry These Words in Your Heart Today

I will open my eyes to see God's joy.

Today's Picture

The readings in The Uncluttered Heart today talk about how joy is an action as well as an emotion. I took this picture a couple of years ago when I was on vacation. I spent two thirds of the day bemoaning the fact that it was raining. Then I took a walk and discovered that the day was beautiful, despite — or maybe because of — the rain and fog.

Question

These days, is joy more of an emotion or an action for you?

Book of the Day

The Writings of Evelyn Underhill

ed. Keith Beasley-Topliff

Evelyn Underhill was a 20th-century British spiritual writer and retreat leader. Her writings are lovely and powerful. Here's one of my favorite quotes by her: "Faithfulness is consecration in overalls. It is the steady acceptance and performance of the common duty and immediate task without any reference to personal preferences — because it is there to be done and so is a manifestation of the Will of God." The Writings of Evelyn Underhill is part of  The Upper Room Spiritual Classics Series.

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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