Joy that cannot be taken away

A warm , steady glow of joy. I noticed it in the early morning. Joy is something we'd all like to feel each day. Sometimes, though, it can seem quite out of reach. The world isn't always a happy place. But this particular morning seemed filled with joy. And as the day progressed, I asked myself how I could account for what I was feeling—and how each one of us might have joy, and keep it.

The joy I felt wasn't because of any notable event that was taking place. Joy that depends on events can sometimes vanish into thin air with the winds of change, even with a single shift in the direction of well-laid human plans. But that morning's joy wasn't fragile. It stayed with me throughout the entire demanding day. In fact, it welled up even more prominently when problems surfaced. It was the joy of knowing the love of God and of looking forward to expressing God's love in the day's activities. No circumstance could possibly deprive me of that.

Testimony of Healing
For quite some time I had acne
December 9, 1996

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