Simple Joys

From "The Upper Room"

Psalm 100:1-2 "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come into his presence with singing."

Our two-year-old grandson, Gabriel, is a delight to all his family. My husband and I are in our seventies and our other two grandchildren are teenagers, so it has been a blessing to us all to have this little one come into our lives. Gabriel greets every morning with great enthusiasm, checks out all his toys as if they are brand new, and gives everyone hugs and kisses as if they had been gone a long time He inspects everything outside - leaves, rocks, swings, slides - as if he had not seen them just the day before.

What if we all appreciated each new day with the same excitement? What if we were as joyful and loving as Gabriel? What if we thanked God for our blessings instead of dwelling on unpleasantness? Perhaps our enthusiasm about our love of God and our faith would be clear to others. How wonderful it would be if our joy in our faith was passed on to just one person, making that person want to experience the fullness of knowing God!

Prayer: Dear God, help us to greet with enthusiasm the blessings You give us through the simple pleasures of Your Handiwork. Help us to share our faith in You with others. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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