The Book of Philippians is a wonderful testament of the power of joy in one’s heart, no matter what the circumstance is. The Apostle Paul wrote Philippians (from prison mind you) while he was experiencing a joy that comes only through a relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a joy that I believe the world desires, but as you and I know, a joy they cannot obtain on their own.
One of my favorite passages from Scripture is Philippians 4:4-7, and it begins with Paul proclaiming “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say again: Rejoice!” I think we can all agree that there is added significance when the same idea (joy, in this case) is repeated within the same verse. I can just hear Paul passionately explaining this verse to those around him, “Have this God given joy in your heart right now, there is plenty of it, and it is free!”
I share this with you because after almost seven months we have now been able to come on Sunday mornings in person to worship together – masks and all! And I know I have – and I sense others have too, experienced this wonderful joy that Paul all but commands us to have as we have come close in worship once again. It has been a true Joy to see you again, to greet you again, and to worship with you again. So let me repeat, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say again Rejoice!”
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