Let your gentleness be known to everyone. Philippians 4:5a 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 4:4, 5 from your favorite translation of the Bible or from the epigraph printed at the top of the chapter, page 161.
These two verses are packed with words we need to hear when we suffer loss. What speaks to you today: rejoice? be gentle? God is near?
Read Chapter 23 of Reclaiming Joy. What parts of Ella’s story, if any, do you identify with?
Coupled with powerful emotions of grief and stress, some are numb while others overreact in our effort to be “strong.” In those times when you sense pressure, do you tend to push back or do you feel like you let people walk all over you?
Who or what circumstances push your button and trigger your overreaction or withdrawal?
If you are half a couple, do you know the family advisors—attorney, accountant, banker, financial advisor, insurance agent?
If you are responsible for your own affairs, do you find it difficult to relate to your advisors in a professional manner?
Later in the chapter, Ella switches from business to personal relationships. On page 165, she lists three elements of being a friend. Take inventory. How do you measure up?
Today’s meditation deals to a great degree with communication skills. Do you generally speak gently? Do you speak the truth in love? From the bottom of page 166 to the end of the chapter Ella examines Paul’s advice to be gentle and forbearing. Do you agree with him?
What is the lesson that you have learned today? Do you need to bridle your tongue more?
What can you do now to move toward joy? What do you need to change?
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, 2019cx