31 Days of Unexpected Joy: Psalm (Day 25)

31 Days of Unexpected Joy: Psalm (Day 25)

The Lord has done great things for us

Did you catch today’s Responsorial Psalm at Mass? Yes? No? It was almost as if God chose it precisely for my #write31days topic! How unexpected.

Even if you didn’t catch it, you’re in luck, because I’m including it here for your (further/initial) meditation, contemplation, and perhaps for even praying aloud.

How often do we take the time to recall the amazing things God has done for us and those we love? What has He done that has filled you with joy today, yesterday, last week, last month, last year?

Once you’ve prayed and are able to do so, write these things down so you may consider them again when you need to be encouraged.

If you’re in a good place right now, it will likely be quite easy to go through this exercise. If things have been challenging or downright terrible lately, however, it might take a bit more perseverance. Perhaps just ask for God’s help to pray these words until you believe them when you read them. That is more than enough.

I encourage you, though, regardless your emotional state, to ask God to help you to see where you’ve been utterly and richly blessed.

Be reminded by the Psalmist and by the testimony of your own life that we serve a good God, an awesome God. He has done great things for YOU.

R. (3) The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
When the LORD brought back the captives of Zion,
we were like men dreaming.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Then they said among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them.”
The LORD has done great things for us;
we are glad indeed.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
like the torrents in the southern desert.
Those that sow in tears
shall reap rejoicing.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.
Although they go forth weeping,
carrying the seed to be sown,
They shall come back rejoicing,
carrying their sheaves.
R. The Lord has done great things for us; we are filled with joy.

Until tomorrow, may God continue to mightily bless y’all.

heather

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All because two people fell in love …

All because two people fell in love …

About a year ago, I was at my wit’s end with the clutter and the chaos in my house; I had probably stepped on a particularly pointy Lego piece for the 75th time that day and couldn’t find a particular kid’s particular toy that he or she justhadtohave before we had to be somewhere 10 minutes ago.

It was right around this time that I was in a local store and saw a decorative sign that read: “All because two people fell in love.” The sign now proudly hangs on the wall above the kids’ play area. I bought and hung it as a reminder that, no matter the dolls, blocks, trucks, etc., etc. (and I do mean etc.), these children and the omnipresent mess they perpetuate represent the physical manifestation of the love my husband and I have for each other and are also a constant reminder, in joys and sorrows, of the love God has for me. And His love, quite unlike my front room, is always perfect.

In other words, none of that wonderful, horrible, ever-present mess would even be there if my husband and I hadn’t fallen in love.  The sign reminds me that I am lucky and blessed in – and because of – my mess.

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