Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.  - Gal 6:2

Reflection.  It pays dividends to promptly reach out to help someone in need.  You can solidify old friendships, and make new ones by acts of unexpected kindness.  Think of others, and follow the Golden Rule.  It will win  you many blessings.

Prayer.  Father, help me to do unto others that which I would want done unto me.

You have taken away my sackcloth and clothed me with joy.  - Ps 30:12b

Reflection.  The Lord is preparing you for the banquet of joy.  Everything He does is designed to bring you safely home to heaven.  Sometimes he sends a shocking wake-up call; but most times he sends a gentle kiss.  Either way it is a gift that can bring you joy.

Prayer.  Lord, help me to rejoice in all circumstances. 

A cheerful heart is excellent medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.  - Prov 17:22

Reflection.  Judy Garland sang the above song so beautifully.  If you are grieving, you can decide to be miserable for three months, three years, or thirty years.  Which is best for you?  Focus on the gift of life as best you can, and not the loss of life.  It is possible to decide to be happy, even in the most terrible circumstances.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, thank You for all that I have been given.  Again I ask, teach me to count my blessings. 

Everlasting delights are at Your right hand.  - Ps 16:11b

Reflection.  A grateful heart brings joy to the soul.  Be grateful this day.  Don’t dwell on your losses.  Focus on the gift of life, and begin again.  Be grateful if you have known the meaning of true love.  Be grateful even if you haven’t.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, thank You for all that I have been given.  Teach me to count the blessings. 

Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.  - Ex 20:8

Reflection.  Each Sunday, take the time for reflection and prayer.  The goal of contemplation is to do nothing; to think nothing.  Just rest in God the way a pet rests in the lap of its master.  The idea is to pray without words.  Focus on being rather than doing.

Prayer.  Lord, I will be still, and know that I am being loved. 

The Lord takes delight in His people.  … Let the saints exult in their glory and sing for joy.  - Ps 149:4, 5

Reflection.  St. Francis of Assisi prayed, “Make me a channel of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let me bring love … Where there is sadness, joy.”  Be like St. Francis; know where to go to get the power turned on.  Be a carrier of God’s Holy Spirit.

Prayer.  Lord, make me a channel of Your peace. 

Those who dwell at the ends of the earth are awestruck by Your wonders.  You call forth songs of joy from sunrise to sunset.  - Ps 65:9

Reflection.  Walt Whitman once wrote, “A single mouse is miracle enough to convert a thousand infidels.”  Faith opens one’s eyes to see miracles in ordinary things.  Everything around us is part of God’s design.  His glory shines forth everywhere — if only we had the eyes to see!

Prayer.  Dear God, grant to me an increase of faith that I may see Your glory. 

Those who are righteous will rejoice; they will exult before God, crying out with great delight. - Ps 68:4

Reflection.  Enjoy your precious life, but not as an end in itself.  Think of heaven as your true home.  Try not to move too fast today.  When you race, you tend to see so little.  Be aware of the people around you.  Rejoice in God’s gifts of life and love.

Prayer.  Dear Lord, give me the grace to become more aware of Your wonders all  around me. 

Let them offer sacrifices in thanksgiving and recount His deeds with jubilation.  - Ps 107:22

Reflection.  Life is difficult because there are endless problems to be solved each day.  But if you take them one at a time, you’ll get through just fine.  Love can make it easy, but perfect love can make it joy.

Prayer.  Lord God, bestow on me a grateful heart, and let me rejoice in Your wonder. 

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a resolute spirit within me.  - Ps 51:12

Reflection.  Sometimes the emotional connection between our brain and our body is dull.  We know intellectually that God loves us at every moment of the day, but we still remain listless.  St. Paul said, “Rejoice always” (Phil 4:4).  Just do it, and don’t ask so many questions.

Prayer.  Lord, quicken my spirit that I may live in Your joy more fully.

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