Why do we fear? It is a basic question, what is there to truly be afraid of? With God's help, we can recover from anything. This past weekend I was at a Catholic Woman's Seminar, and we had two speakers talk to us about what it means to be joyful in our everyday life. One thing that was big for me was the fact that in order to be joyful, we need to live in the present moment, not worrying about what's ahead two days from now, next hour or even the next minute. To be truly joyful is to be observant on the now, right now and not in the future. God blesses us each day, each minute, every second that we are alive and breathing, so why are we worrying about what has not come yet?
It's not always easy to push worry aside, that is true. The one who tempts us always pushes us, and tries to lead us away from a path of joyfulness. However, God created us for purpose, for life. This means that every minute that we are alive, healthy, breathing, we are to cherish and use it for purpose, for good. If we waste it in worry, then we are straying from the path and the plan God created us for. My favourite bible verse is from Deuteronomy 31:8. It states: "The Lord Himself will go before you. He will be with you. He will never leave or forsake you. Don't be afraid. Don't worry". If God is with us every step of the way, then we have no reason to fear.
Today's Psalm states: "The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me, uttering slanders against me, my adversaries and foes, they shall stumble and fall. Though a host encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; yea, wait for the LORD!" (Psalms 27:1-3, 13-14). God brings us to life and ensures goodness in this life through giving us Jesus, His son, to help us find salvation and unending life in the Spirit. Take today to slow down and find the joy in every moment, even the ones that are difficult. God is guiding your every step, so be joyful.
Today's prayer comes from living life, a prayer for joy:
Father, Please help me to rest in your happiness, To allow a smile to linger on my lips, To dwell within a wonderful memory, To walk back through sunlit places. Please help me to awake with hope, To engage with life in all its variety, To take in the beauty of others joys, To touch the souls of those I meet with thankfulness. Please help me to sing with faith, To carry the truth close in my heart always, To rejoice at new life and To have peace as I age. Please help me to indulge in love To breathe in the sweetness of intimacy, To taste the kindness of friendship, To feel the warmth of embrace. Please help me not to miss A single drop of heaven, To catch each moment And drink in the great joy of life. Amen.