Verses for The Great Fifty Days
Day 47 in Easter
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
The season of Easter flies towards its end, but the joy lingers. Soon we will hear of mighty wind and wondrous signs and the Spirit poured out. Soon we will hear the followers of Jesus find their voice and begin to carry their message to the ends of the earth. But there will always be joy.
Soon the Sunday readings will turn back to the words and deeds of Jesus, the exhortations of the epistles, the words of the law and prophets. The season will turn to the color green and the daily growth in grace. But there will always be joy.
We are the crowd filing out from the championship game victorious. The heart still thrills with the victory. Shouts of joy ascend. At home the thrill endures. Days later we are still enthralled. Years later the heart still warms at the thought of our heroes skating around the rink with the Stanley Cup held high. Our hearts are yet moved by the memory of Vladimir Konstantinov, wheeled onto the ice to hold the cup again, one year after his devastating injury. Even in sorrow there will be joy.
“My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.” Says the psalmist. The joy is written into him, body and soul. He feels it in his fingertips. It shows itself in the passions of his heart, in the choices made, in the compassion lived, in the kindness shown to strangers, in the courage with which he faces adversity, in the hope with which he faces sorrow. The love he lives is undying, the life he lives, eternal.
“My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.”
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