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[Paul writes] I have no one like him who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare. All of them are seeking their own interests. Philippians 2:20, 21a 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 2:19–24 from your favorite translation of the Bible or from the epigraph printed at the top of the chapter, page 89.

What key word or phrase speaks to you today? Ella titled this meditation “Be a friend.” Do you think this is the best choice? What would you name the meditation? Why?

Does Paul’s description of his friend Timothy describe any of your friends? Who is always there for you in the bad times? Would others describe you this way?

Read Chapter 13 of Reclaiming Joy. Do you identify with any of those Ella describes?

Look back at the meditation for Day 9, “Be unselfish.” How do the two Scripture passages relate? How is the emphasis different?

Read Ella’s description of her mother-in-law Helen and the advice she gave her on pages 89 and 90. Is Helen’s advice relevant to you today?

Ella quotes a study showing the dangers of isolation on page 91. Numerous articles on the subject have been published more recently. Do you struggle with loneliness and isolation? What steps can you take to ensure that you see other people every day?

On page 92 Ella quotes John Pavlovitz on the loneliness that accompanies grief, and she describes her own experience. Most suddenly singles report similar experiences. Have you been hurt by someone who wasn’t there for you when you needed them? Are there steps you can take to preserve or restore your friendship? Do you need to let go of any of those friendships?

What is the lesson that you have learned today?

What can you do now to move toward joy? What do you need to let go of?

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