But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20 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 3:20, 21 from your favorite translation of the Bible or from the epigraph printed at the top of the chapter, page 147.
What is your takeaway on today’s Scripture?
Read Chapter 21 of Reclaiming Joy. While Ella addresses anticipation in both spiritual and secular contexts, she is most explicit about her own faith in this chapter. She cites others with varying views on Christian hope and anticipation. With whom do you identify? Where do you find your hope?
At the top of page 148 Ella describes how her early dependence on her children, relinquishing the “mom” role at times, made her unhappy. Do you feel you have grown overly dependent on your adult children, or do you like having them take charge? If you are unhappy, can you change the family dynamic? If you can’t, how do you accept your circumstances with grace and serenity?
In those early years of widowhood, Ella found a few moments of exhilarating joy, such as she describes on pages 150 and 151, as well as on pages 86 and 87. What gives you a thrill? Can you create more moments of joy like that?
Ella returns to the theme that anticipation, something to look forward to, brings us joy, describing examples on pages 147 and again on 151 and 152. Have you, like Louise, used anticipation as a “carrot” to reward yourself for tackling some unpleasant task?
What is the lesson that you have learned today?
What can you do now to create more joy in your life? What plans can you make? What on your calendar do you anticipate with the most joy? What kind of joyous anticipation can you give to a friend or loved one whose life is joyless right now?
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