Following the Star

Pause

Consider this –

You are always near to the source of joy.
You are always near to the source of life.
You are always near to the source of love.

Breathe in God’s presence and Spirit right now.

Listen

You will draw water with joy from the springs of salvation.

And you will say on that day:

“Thank the Lord; call on God’s name; proclaim God’s deeds among the peoples; declare that God’s name is exalted.

Sing to the Lord, who has done glorious things; proclaim this throughout all the earth.”

Shout and sing for joy, city of Zion, because the holy one of Israel is great among you.

Isaiah 12:3-6

Think

One of the characters in the musical Hairspray sings, “I know where I’m going... 'cause I know where I’ve been.” Sometimes it helps when you must face an uncertain future to begin by recalling examples of when you have made it through tough times before.

The prophet Isaiah declares, “You will draw water with joy from the springs of salvation.”

Right now, recall an experience when you thought things were going to be too hard, but you actually made it through. Celebrate the victories and achievements you have accomplished with God’s help. That is a wellspring of strength and joy when you need it the most.

I have a friend who learned as a child to name three blessings from each day before she went to sleep. Naming those positive things actually gave her a sense of joy and peace that set the context for a restful night’s sleep.

Recognizing the things God has done builds your faith and gives you peace.

Jon Brown

Pray

God, I can face whatever lies ahead of me today because I know the many ways you have helped me through in the past.

Thank you for your faithfulness.

Amen.

Go

“God is closer to me than I am to myself.” (St. Augustine in Confessions)

Rest for a moment, as it were, in the curve of God’s smile.

Rise up, renewed by God’s love.