Read and Meditate on Today’s The Upper Room Wednesday Daily Devotional 11th May 2022, written by Thomas Blanton. God bless you as you study His Word today!
THE UPPER ROOM 11 MAY 2022 DAILY DEVOTIONAL FOR WEDNESDAY
TODAY’S TOPIC: SHARE MY JOY
Thomas Blanton (North Carolina, USA)
How can I share in someone’s joy today?
Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. – Romans 12:15 (NRSV)
The woman in Jesus’ parable was so happy to find her lost coin that she had to tell her neighbors. I felt like I could relate to her joy. After I won custody of my children, I moved to a new town to start a new job doing what I loved. I wanted to celebrate my joy at this new beginning.
As I began looking for a church home in my new town, however, every sermon I heard was about how Christ comforts us in our troubles and the church is there for us in our sorrows. I knew that, but I also wanted to hear the message that the church cared about my happiness. It was frustrating to want to share joy when all I encountered was sympathy. When one pastor happened to mention that God cares about our joy as well as our sorrows, I returned to that church.
There had been sad times before in my life and there have been others since then, but at that time, I needed to know that God and the church were rejoicing with me. I have resolved to be more sensitive to what is going on in others’ lives so that if someone is sad I can empathize; and if someone is happy, I can rejoice with them. When we pay attention to others’ feelings, we can build a community that is present and supportive in all circumstances. We all need to know we are not alone, no matter what.
Dear Lord, you have created us for each other. Help us to rejoice with those who are happy just as we weep with those who are sad. Amen.
Those who are experiencing joy
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