© 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.
I could not have found The Upper Room Moments of Prayer (on Facebook Live) sooner. For it is during these moments of centering spiritual practices, meditating on the words of scripture, praying with and for the world, that I find moments of transcendence, hear whispers of peace and hope, see glimpses of truth and justice, behold visions of love and beauty amid all the stark realities that are around me.”