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Joy?

April 8, 2021

“Before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.” Hebrews 4:13

Yesterday, I used this space to reflect on finding and sharing joy. Certainly a good topic during Easter! One reader commented on my Facebook page that they were having difficulty finding joy these days. Let me just say I can relate. If you were to ask me how I’m doing, I would tell you I’m fine (that’s the Norwegian-Lutheran default response, and I imagine it is for others, too). And it’s true. I am fine. I’m healthy. Employed. My kids are doing well. Everything really is fine.

But for a variety of reasons, some of which I can identify and some of which I can’t, I’m having a hard time finding joy lately. I’ve certainly had enough of the pandemic, but it’s more than that. Or maybe it’s because I’m supposed to feel more optimistic about the pandemic (things are getting better!) but I’m not (because so many things haven’t gotten better!). Maybe’s it’s a post-Easter letdown. I don’t know. I’m tired. Frayed. Overscheduled. Like butter scraped over too much bread, as Bilbo might say. I’m sure I just need a good vacation!

I don’t share this because I’m asking for help, although prayers are always welcome. I share this today because I have the sense that I’m not alone, and I don’t want you to feel like you’re alone, either. It’s okay if the world’s a bit gray today. Jesus is still risen. God still loves you. The Spirit still moves.

Today’s passage from the Daily Texts reminds us that God sees and knows us. We cannot hide. But because God is a God of grace, this is finally good news. You can’t hide from God, so you might as well give your stuff over to God. It won’t all go away, but Jesus will help you hold it.

All will be well.

Be well, friends. You are loved.

God or grace and mercy, you strengthen us when we are weary and lift us up when we are bowed down. Please do so today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Image: Rain, Vincent van Gogh, 1889 (public domain).

From → COVID-19

One Comment
  1. Judie McDonnell permalink

    I can so relate. I’m fine but not red or black but gray. I don’t think a vacation will fix me. It’s going to take time and leaning on Jesus to make me feel safe in this world again. When I go to sleep I visualize my sleeping in the arms of Jesus, the hug I’ve missed for a year. Praying for you all, especially you Pastor Dave and Pastor Troy. You’ve held us together for the
    Past year- your arms get tired. Praying for your strength.
    Judie

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