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"Share the Joy"

December 18, 2003

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They shared her joy. Luke 1:58

SCRIPTURE REFLECTION

When Elizabeth gave birth, her neighbors and relatives “shared her joy” in what God had done. The joy received in God’s mercy is something to be shared.

THE JOURNEY—DAY 19
Bill told Julie about his conversation with Chuck. As Bill talked about the mercy of God in Jenny’s healing, tears began to stream down Julie’s face. She remembered how difficult it had been. More so, she reflected on the mercy of God. She said, “God has given us an amazing gift in Jenny. First, when she was born and baptized—then, when she was healed—and now, He has used her story to reach out to someone else with Jesus.”

Bill’s eyes became misty, too. He had not made that final connection—Jenny’s life was a witness of the mercy of God to somebody else! God had been doing so many things in his life that were being used to reach another person for Him!

Bill was convinced that God was at work. Even though Chuck was uncertain about God’s ability to help, Bill was joyful that he had been given the opportunity to talk about Jesus without fear.

There was more Chuck needed to know, but Bill felt like Chuck had gotten a glimpse of Jesus. For that, and many things, Bill and Julie shared the joy of God’s amazing work in their lives.

REALITY JOURNEY
God is constantly at work. As He weaves together the various events of every day, consider it all joy. Draw upon the stories of your sanctified life as examples of witness to His mercy and love.

PRAYER FOCUS
Pray that God would open your eyes to see His hand at work in you and for the opportunity to share the joy of His handiwork with others.

Today's Bible Readings: Psalms 107, 126    Revelation 10

Change Their World. Change Yours. This changes everything.

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