Sunday's sermon was well-timed for me. I haven't been feeling very joyful lately, and joy was the subject of our pastor's message. He defined joy as grace + gratitude, and he said that to cultivate joy, we should be on the lookout for God's gracious gifts, and also we should intentionally pray the Scriptures. Challenged by those points, I set out to find a passage that would help me focus on being more grateful, and thus more joyful.
As I searched for verses containing the words "joy," "heart," and "thanks," I came across a familiar passage. Eric and I selected Colossians 3:1-17 to be read at our wedding, and the end of that section says:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
I will be praying these verses this week and hopefully beyond. Anyone want to join me in praying a specific passage of Scripture this week?