© Beth A. Richardson, betharichardson.com
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.
I will open my eyes to see God's joy.
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.
These days, is joy more of an emotion or an action for you?
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.
Emmaus helped me laugh again, and it brought joy back to my life after the loss of my child. I am now stronger than ever in my walk with the Lord. And to this day, I continue to sponsor pilgrims to The Walk to Emmaus. In my local church, I have led our discipleship team and have had the opportunity to start new Sunday school classes and various women’s ministries. ¡De Colores!”