Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

Jeremiah 15: 16

I have been particularly sad lately. With so much sad news about animals and earth issues, my brothers struggles with alcoholism and homelessness, my husband’s Alzheimer’s Disease, some days it is a struggle with some deep depression for me; staying strong escapes me, being positive and not allowing feelings of being overwhelmed overtake me becomes such a huge struggle…. I remind myself of the great oppression of others around the world and try to throw myself in all the more toward being a voice for them, so as not to let despair take me over. Today, I volunteered at Feed My Starving Children packing meals for starving children all over the world. It doesn’t take long to look around and find others in much more need and in deeper despair than what struggles I deal with.

I remind myself that “all creation groans, waiting for the sons and daughters.” I reach up to our Father and ask, “When, Lord, when?” And say, “Come Lord come!….Maranatha come….” And I remind myself to be patient and know that when he does send Yeshua/Jesus, it will be the perfect time.

And I remind myself that the Joy of Elohim/God is our strength. In times like these it is hard to think of being joyous! But I’m not sure what most of us would define joyous as today is what the Psalmist meant entirely, though we do know the incredible power of joyous laughter, for example, to release stress and change our outlook! I think the joy in scripture has more in common with a deep sense of all being well in the end because we know it will be. “Though [we] walk through the valley of the shadow of death, [we] will fear no evil, for you are with [us]; your rod and your staff, they comfort [us].” This joy the world cannot steal from us. Though we cry tears of pain in our own situations and in empathy with others, or feel overwhelmed at times at the great burden it sometimes can be to follow Yeshua/Jesus, we know he is with us, we know he paved the path before us, walking through the valley of the shadow of death himself, carrying all the earth’s brokenness upon his shoulders, bearing the weight of our suffering and our separation from the Father…..not only for us, but for ALL the creation.

So in our sorrows, let’s remember that the joy of the Lord truly is our strength and find it in ourselves to turn our faces toward him. Let’s let him carry the burden and know he walks alongside us every step of the journey that is our lives on this side of eternity.

Looking to that day when we will all stand together before him in peace:

Psalm 98

Sing to the Lord a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
    have worked salvation for him.
The Lord has made his salvation known
    and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love
    and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation of our God.

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
    burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the Lord with the harp,
    with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
    shout for joy before the Lord, the King.

Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
    let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the Lord,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples with equity.

Thank you for reading and following our blog, we pray you are blessed by our work and will share it with others! ~Kathy

My calling as a Child of the Creator is to take the Gospel, as it relates to the WHOLE creation, to the world; and to remind the Church of its Biblical responsibilities to non-human animals and the earth.
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