Philippians 4:4-9 4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
I know a dear woman named Joy. Like her name she is always filled with joy. She is kind, patient, gracious, and loving. When I think of the word rejoice, I think of my dear friend Joy and how she is always rejoicing in the Lord. Today, bring a bunch of joy in your life and spread it to others.
Generous God, you brought us into the abundance of our inheritance. Grant us the faith to be people blossoming with honor and truth, so that we may produce bountifully the first fruits of justice and compassion, which are pleasing in your sight. Help us to go out and bring joy to others.