Expressing Joy

Gracious God, I feel such joy in my heart this day. Somehow the sun seems brighter, the air clearer, the colors more alive. It is as if the shadows that have kept me in the forgotten places of life have been swept away. I pray that your grace will protect my joy so that I taste and smell it with full attention. When the mighty feelings begin to wane, I pray that joy’s scent will remain, so that no darkness will ever be so black that I cease to believe in the light. I ask this for the sake of your love. Amen.


Gracious God, my heart is ready to burst with joy. Like a flower, I want to push through the cold winter soil and share my gladness with the world. I want everyone to experience the wonder of life that I feel right now. Let my joy shine forth so that those cloaked by sadness may find their sorrow lifted, if only for a moment. I ask this for the sake of your love. Amen.

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