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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Searching for God: joy

The PSF follows the Ukirk lectionary along with other Presbyterian Church USA campus ministries each year (see our read along with  us).  We are specifically focusing on the Matthew texts in the lectionary this fall. 

JOY:  We started PSF with Matthew 1:18 - 2:12 specifically noting: When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road. (NRSV).  Joy is a marker of God's presence and a sign for the wise men to take a new path or journey rather than stay on the one of fear and death that Herod sent them on.  As we start the year, joy can be a marker in the path to help guide decisions and to help see where God is at work even in the midst of the daily grind.  This clip from Inside Out, however, reminds us that joy is more than simple happiness.  Joy includes our times of struggle and sadness. Joy is delighting in one another the same way God delights in seeing us.  We find joy not when we avoid our struggles, pain, and loss but in acknowledging them.

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