15th March 2020
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
- Dear God, when I am among the people whom I love— let there be joy;
When I spend time in silence and solitude—let there be joy;
When I go about my daily business— let there be joy;
When the sorrows of life weigh me down— let there be joy;
When circumstances do not go my way—let there be joy;
When I cannot see the path ahead of me— let there be joy;
Among the highs and the lows, the weakness and the strength, in every season of life O Lord—let there be joy. (Tearfund Lent Devotional)
- It is reported that 77 people in Pakistan are behind bars on blasphemy charges, a disproportionate number being Christians. Many others have been forced to go into hiding or to leave their homes for fear of extremist reprisals. Continue to pray for the repeal of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. Pray for persecuted Christians in India, Syria, Eritrea and Indonesia.
- God our Father, whose son, Jesus Christ, loved to bring health and healing to those who were ill, may the Holy Spirit help and teach all doctors so that they try to find out more and more about curing and preventing illness. And help them too always to do their work lovingly and patiently even when they are very tired, just as Jesus did.
Happiness is a feeling; joy is a decision . So, let us decide.