“Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your re- ward in heaven…” Matthew 5:12 (KJV)
Jesus tells me to rejoice always. Perhaps I didn’t get the passage right…Always? I probably need to see this in another version of the Bi- ble. Jesus doesn’t really mean ALWAYS. Does He?
I remember when our daughter, Emily, at age 21, went through a major operation to remove a carcinoid tumor in her lung. Rejoice? When our 22-year-old son, Kyle, decided to hitchhike from Texas to California. Rejoice? When I know my mother suffers with pain every day of her life. Really! I am to trust that God is truly calling me to rejoice? I look for a different translation to the verse. I explore the Greek words. To no avail.
I rejoice that Emily learned compassion from the nurses and doctors so that she can now bestow the same care on her own patients. I rejoice that Kyle is living happily in California, becoming the young man he was intended to be. And I rejoice that God has given me the gift of many years with my 92-year-old mom who continues to teach me life les- sons of strength and love.
God calls us all to rejoice at every season of life, not just during Christmas, as He showers us daily with blessings.
Lord, I will rejoice in Your majesty and grace as I continue to lean on you for everything.