R – Rejoice in the Lord

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, Rejoice!  ~ Philippians 4:4

你 们 要 靠 主 常 常 喜 乐 。 我 再 说 , 你 们 要 喜 乐 。~ 腓 立 比 書 4:4

Rejoice! The word means to show great joy or delight, like the girl in the photo is doing. You might think she would be crying, because her face, her hair, and her white shirt are splotchy with paint. But no, she is happy.

Of course, it might be fun to be splattered with paint. But often things happen to us that aren’t fun at all. Someone might hurt us: splat blue paint. Or keep us from having something we want: splat yellow. Or we might be hungry: splat gray. Or lonely: splat green. Or we might need help but no one wants to help: splat purple.

But through all of these things, we Christians still have things to rejoice about. God knows us better than we know ourselves. He sees everything we are going through, and he loves us forever. He forgives us when we do things wrong, so we don’t have to feel guilty. Jesus has made us his brothers and sisters, and he gives us the strength to get through anything the world can throw at us. (For more reasons to rejoice, read Psalm 86 at the top of this page!)

So rejoice in the Lord always! Again I say: rejoice!

Our Father, thank you that you give us so many reasons to rejoice in you. Help us know in our hearts that you are here with us right now. We love you. Amen!

Photo by Senjuti Kundu on Unsplash