Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.
This is a difficult lesson to put into practice. How can we be joyful and thankful when our lives on earth are painful and broken? I have worked on the thankful piece, and I try to always be thankful, because God always provides peace and comfort. But the rejoicing piece is more difficult for me. I am all about feelings- too much so, I admit. Rejoicing requires a level of feeling I can’t always produce at will. Maybe the lesson here is to dig deeper- dig past the present complaints, and remember the gifts and the promises of God. He is there, always, unchanging.
Heavenly Father, I am thankful and I am unworthy of your many blessings. Forgive me when I lose track of you in my day to day. You never lose track of me. This will be a stressful week for me, and I will need patience and energy. I will remember you are with me. Amen
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