Do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that you may be blameless and innocent…. Philippians 2: 14, 15a NRSV
Retreat to your quiet place and prepare your heart and mind to allow Scripture to speak to you as you continue on your journey to joy today.
Start with Scripture. Today, read Philippians 2:12–16 from your favorite translation of the Bible or from the epigraph printed at the top of the chapter, page 73.
What is the key theme you need to hear today?
Read Chapter 11 of Reclaiming Joy. What parts of Ella’s story, if any, do you identify with?
On a scale from worry to serenity, where do you fall?
Are you able to let go of your ruminations and worries? How?
Of the three elements of the Serenity Prayer, page 74—serenity, courage and wisdom—where are you strongest? weakest? When you face hard decisions and choices, do you think that this prayer could help you find answers?
List those parts of your life that you are unhappy about. What can you change? How? Do you have the courage, determination and will power to make those changes you desire?
Ella quotes the advice of her friend Alice on pages 75, 76: They will not give you time to grieve. You cannot do it alone. You need to get someone to help you. Are there unpleasant tasks you must do, that you cannot ignore or postpone? Who can help you? Do you need to swallow your pride and ask for help?
On pages 76–78, Ella gives examples of serenity. Who is the most serene person you know?
What is the lesson that you have learned today?
Ella describes her journey as a difficult climb up a mountain of grief, with a path full of sinkholes and often blocked by boulders. What obstacles do you encounter on your journey?
What can you do now to continue on your journey toward joy?
What three things are you thankful for today? What moments of joy have you experienced in the last 24 hours? Take time to say, Thank you, God, for…
For an introduction to these 28 meditations leading to Easter, please read The Journey to Easter Joy: Daily Meditations, Letting Scripture Speak.
© Ella Wall Prichard, 2019