Day 11 - Relating in Joy
“Those who sow in tears shall harvest with joyful shouting.”
Psalm 126: 5
Meditate or Reflect
In Ecclesiastes, Solomon writes that “for everything there is a season” (3: 1), and this verse from Psalm 126 is another example of our seasons of life. The antonym of joy is sorrow, and in this verse, and elsewhere, we see that the cycle of life is sometimes a procession of sorrow interchanging with joy. It is a hopeful thing to know when in the season of sorrow that joy will come in its time. And sorrow can show up in several ways: grief, sadness or depression, loss of just about anything. But we are confident and turn to joy, in time, knowing that God is in control. Take a breath and think of areas in your life where you may be experiencing sorrow. Is it time to turn toward joy? Consider the ways God has been gently inviting you into joy with Him.
Thoughts and Behaviors
Turn to your thoughts. Are your thoughts generally joyful, or sorrowful? Consider the verse from Psalm 126 and reflect on these questions with the Spirit’s help:
Observe your behaviors. Are your behaviors generally joyful (confident that God is in control)? Consider the verse from Psalm 126 and reflect on these questions with the Spirit’s help:
When you experience someone who consistently lacks joy (unless there is a medical condition to consider like major depression or chronic illness where compassion may be more needed than joy), take time to determine if the relationship can be repaired, and take the appropriate steps for protecting the joy you desire to experience before the Lord. And remember that joy is a blessing from God. Also search yourself to see where you have been bringing sorrow or joylessness to your relationships, and make any changes that could improve your part in a relationship.
To flourish with joy in relationships means to have confidence that God is in control, and that you and those you have relationship with delight in the presence of the Lord. Take a breath and embrace the joyful relationship you have with God, receiving the blessing of joy from God because you are confident in Him. Also, express gratitude for the relationships where you experience the presence of joy.
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Amy Fleming, MA, LPC