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February 10 Post

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“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in God, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” - Romans 15:13

It was picnic in the park day for our extended clan. After the requisite quarantine, we’re enjoying an extended visit after a year of social distancing that grounded us, several states apart. After a little wrestling back and forth, it was decided that my husband would deliver the blessing. No Thanksgiving feast ever received greater words of gratitude than these prayers in the park, uttered over pizza on paper plates. Ice cream followed. On a day when most of the country remains in CoVid lock-down or digging out from storms at sub-zero temperatures, clearly we have so much for which we can give God thanks.

Joy is watching a seven-year-old granddaughter teach her three-year-old brother how to kayak in a back yard pool.

Joy is sleeping under ceiling fans to keep cool, while dreaming of the years we previously spent the month of February shoveling snow and ice.

Joy is extending an invitation to a friend to come back to church, and hearing him say “yes”.

Joy is consuming the last of the chocolate and ice cream, as Lent comes just around the corner.

Once in a while, we stop what we’re doing, and ask ourselves where we’ve experienced Joy today. It isn’t really spiritually complicated or theologically deep. Whatever we’re up against or is up against us, joy is a decision, to savor life regardless. Joy, like manna in the wilderness, can’t be saved for another day. It comes to us as gift with a limited warranty as a lifetime opportunity.

Where did you experience joy today?

Prayer: Thank you God for belly laughs and the companionship of friends, for good people we trust and for joy in the morning. Amen

God’s Grace, Mercy and Peace,

Dr. Anna V. Copeland
Interim Senior Minister
Community Church of Vero Beach