Lutheran Home Association Blog

Day 40 of Lent: Joy

Posted on Sat, Apr 20, 2019

Contrasts provide one of the most striking illustrations of how things can be so different from each other. Contrast our word for yesterday, “grief”, with our word for today “Joy”.  You couldn’t find 2 words or feelings that are more different. As deep and difficult as grief can be, joy can be so much higher and happy. Our verse for the 40th day of Lent helps us look forward to the happiness of Easter which we will celebrate tomorrow “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).

You have likely noticed that people find joy and happiness in all sorts of people, places and things.  You have likely also figured out that any joy found in a person, place or thing is temporary and only lasts so long. 

Our verse for today gives us a secret to joy which lasts more than a few moments, hours or days.  That secret is found in 3 little words “in the Lord”.  When our joy is found in God and what he does for us and gives us, no one can every take away that joy from us.  That does not mean that we will always be smiling or jumping up and down with joy.  But it does mean that we have a joy which is not only for this life, but we also have an eternity of perfect, unending joy to look forward to in heaven.

Enjoy the joy of things God gives you here in this life, but even more don’t give up on the joy God gives you in Jesus.  That is all the reason you need to look forward to tomorrow and a joyful Easter celebration!

Posted by Joel Gaertner

Rev. Joel Gaertner is The Lutheran Home Association Vice President of Ministry and National Director of Jesus Cares Ministries (JCM). He provides spiritual guidance to our entire organization and develops and guides JCM programs in congregations. Pastor Gaertner and his wife, LuAnn, live in Cudahy, Wis., and have two adult children. Outside work, he enjoys golf, walking and watching just about any sporting event, especially the Green Bay Packers.

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