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Our Joy

April 7, 2021

“We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.” 1 John 1:4

This Sunday, the lectionary takes us to 1 John. I love the Johannine epistles. John focuses on love and joy and promise. John focuses on Christ.

The little verse I’ve pulled out for today struck me. John isn’t only writing for the benefit of his readings, so that they would know deeper joy. He’s writing, in part, for himself. If he held in these words any longer, his joy would remain incomplete! The joy of Easter is not only that Jesus is out of the tomb; it’s that his risen life now lives in us. It is a joy so complete that we will burst if we don’t share it, for others and for ourselves.

I continue to find great joy writing these words each day, and I hope you continue to find joy or meaning of insight here, at least from time to time. We’ll see how much longer it goes. In the meantime, may your joy be complete today!

Speaking of joy, Torsten’s t-ball team had its first practice of the season last night. It marked my debut as an assistant coach. What a joy to be with those kids!

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God of joy, we rejoice in the resurrection of your Son. Give us such a sense of his life at work in us that we simply need to tell others about you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Joy is a new Aaron Rodgers picture, at least for this kid.

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