Friday, May 30, 2014


Acts 18:9-18; Psalm 47 God is King of all the Earth; John 16:20-23

"But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you.  On that day you will not question me about anything…"

How have  we surrendered our joy?  Who do we let take our joy from us?  Who in our life have we given the power to bring us down, to hurt us, make us sad?

Why have we relinquished the joy Jesus dies to give?

Joy often escapes us because we have been led to believe that it is tied to success, money, material possessions or even particular relationships with fellow humans.  True joy comes with letting ourselves be gazed upon by Christ, "I will see yo again…"

What would I life look like if it truly began to be shaped by the gaze of our heavenly Father.  If the loving gaze of Jesus was to be the center of our attention, how would that joy he promised surely be exponentially grown in our hearts and minds.

In that gaze of his loving concern, do not our questions begin to fade into the light of that radiance.

No questions, just joy beneath the gaze of Christ.

Today, let yourself be looked at by Christ.  Let his gaze penetrate your mind and heart.  Give him access to all those things you hide and bury hoping no one will find out.  Let your shame meet that loving gaze of Jesus and see it melt away.

Then joy shall be found.

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