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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Lately I have been reading through the Acts and Paul’s letters. This morning I read the following which was from 1 Thessalonians 1:6,

“For you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.”

As I reflected on what our world is experiencing currently, I was comforted by these words. It is my hope and prayer that many will turn to the message of Christ during these uncertain times to receive joy that comes through the Holy Spirit.

It is also my hope and prayer that we will focus on the joy being spread among us all at this time. Sure, it is very easy to turn on the news all day and let the worry consume us. Or, we can choose to look around for the joy that is all around us. Here are a few moments of joy I have seen this week that I would like to share with you:

- The person in the drive-through at Starbucks paid for my drink.
- A friend brought me a beautiful flower.
- Someone wrote encouraging notes all along the trail in our neighborhood.
- I received an email full of encouraging passages from the Bible from a friend.
- My kids stepped up to be my support system with household chores.
- My husband is now my tech support crew for Facebook Live!

Really, this list could go on and on! So, I have two challenges for everyone this week:
          1. Write down all the moments you have seen joy this week.
          2. Look for ways you can bring joy to someone else.

I have seen lots of Mister Rogers quotes going around these last few weeks and I will close with one that I believe is especially appropriate to us all right now:

“All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we’re giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That’s one of the things that connects us as neighbors--in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver.”
– Fred Rogers

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