Thursday, August 30th


Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. - Romans 12:15-16

Dear Lord, it is so hard for us sinners to get out of our own little worlds to truly and deeply rejoice with those who have happy things going on their lives and to truly and deeply hurt out loud with those who are experiencing struggle and tragedy.  But your Holy Spirit who lives in our hearts drives us with this passage to make sure that others are not alone in their joy or their sorrow.  Give me the mojo I need to make me "be there" with people whom I know are experiencing one of these two extremes.  I don't want to avoid feeling their pain or their joy because of my selfish instincts to protect myself.  Use your love to make me really live the fully connected life. AMEN

"Christ's love eradicates the loneliness caused by success and failure."