“Let joy be your continual feast. Make your life a prayer. And in the midst of everything be always giving thanks, for this is God’s perfect plan for you in Christ Jesus.” (I Thessalonians 5: 16-18, the Passion Translation)
God’s plan for us is to be joyful and grateful. That may seem like a stretch at times or like it isn’t really going to get us ahead in this world.
But Christ Jesus came with a promise that he also proved. We can, like Jesus, make our life a prayer. The Master’s daily experience was not one of constant contemplation, but it was one of connection. It was an awareness of God in all that Jesus did that made him powerful, peaceful, and ready.
This conscious communion with divine Love and Life gives us access to guidance, strength, and the ability to do good. Jesus walked through life with the confidence that came of knowing that he was never alone, but always at One with the Father-Mother. We can know this, too. We can accept this reality of our being and learn to walk with grace and goodness through our days, humbly open to instruction.
And also ready for the feast of joy that this Truth reveals! We can live in gratitude as Jesus did, even when the human scene still seemed to say otherwise. His recognition of God in every place revealed healing and abundance, and it must do the same for us. We can trust God’s ever-presence, appreciate what we truly have, and relish the invitation to live happily and helpfully!
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