Philippians 1:3-5

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now.

Jesus is our joy

I’ve been waiting for inspiration to write this devotion, and it finally came this morning when I heard “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” on WFMT.  Here’s how it begins:

Jesus, joy of man’s desiring

Holy wisdom, love most bright

Drawn by Thee, our souls aspiring

Soar to uncreated light

The Apostle Paul is writing to his congregation in Philippi, thanking them for the joy they bring to him in their sharing of the gospel. We share with Bach that same joy as we are reminded that Jesus is our joy.

There is a group of women at St. Timothy called WWW—the Wonderful Women of Wednesday. I don’t remember how we got that name, but it’s fun to say. It defines us as the women who gather on Wednesday mornings to do Bible study and pray together.

We don’t sit with our hands folded in our laps, heads bowed, eyes closed, noses almost to our chins. No, we look at each other face-to-face, and we laugh a lot…because we share the joy of the gospel as God’s loved children who share it with each other, enabling us to go out again and share it with others.

Throughout this time of staying at home, unable to be together in one room, we have been sharing our thoughts and prayers by email, still together in the joy of our love for each other and in the support we can give each other while we must be apart.

—Arline Johnson


Prayer:  Jesus, our greatest joy, we thank you, both in the darkest and the brightest of our days, for your love for us and for all your creation.

To ponder:  Do you always find joy, even in the midst of concern, for our world in this time of crisis?