So what has brought me the most Joy this past week – I would have to say the ‘Experience after Easter’ with the schools visiting each station that looked at the Ascension, Pentecost, and Trinity Sunday. The children really enjoyed going round to the different stations and learning more about the Christian faith.
Joy is one of the most prominent themes of the bible. From the very beginning, Gods plan for mankind has been to bring us joy, peace, and righteousness. Throughout the bible we see stories of joy in response to God’s blessings and celebration of His promises. In the Old Testament, the Israelites rejoiced and sang songs of joy when they escaped from the Egyptians and made their way to the promised land. In the New Testament, Jesus brings joy to those who follow Him, and encourages others to do the same, The Apostle Paul also peaks of joy in his letters, urging believers to be joyful even in difficult circumstances. The Word of God teaches us that joy is a gift from God and is something to celebrate and share with others. Bible verses about joy can help Christians who may be going through a difficult season as a reminder of calm happiness through faith in God. Joy is rooted in who God is and this is not fleeting or based on circumstances. Worldly possessions, accomplishments, even the people in our lives, are blessings that make us happy and fuel joyfulness.
So I hope that this has inspired you to find the joy this week and end my weekly words with Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”