He said that from WHERE?

It sounds like a song. Listen to the exuberance, the excitement, the fiery and exhilarating passion in this:

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.
(Ephesians 3:20-21)

Then, find out from where and in what situation Paul speaks:

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord…
(Ephesians 4:1)

How’d Paul do that? How could he say that?
What kind of joy is this?

What kind of joy is this
that counts it a blessing to suffer?
What kind of joy is this
that gives the prisoner his song?
What kind of joy could stare death in the face
and see it as sweet victory?
This is the joy of a soul that’s forgiven and free!

(from Steven Curtis Chapman’s What Kind of Joy?)

Father, may I always hope in You; may I always have and proclaim this kind of joy, wherever I am.

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3 thoughts on “He said that from WHERE?

  1. I feel so inadequate when I remember the horrid conditions that Paul often wrote from. But then I remember that the One who gave him strength is the same One that gives me strength. How can this be? I still feel so inadequate, but resting in HIS adequacy.

    A beautiful and thoughtful post, Monica.

  2. Monica, thank you for sitting in wonder for us to open our eyes. It so resonated with 1000 Gifts, the hard eucharisteo, and now with my Bible memory work in James, “consider it pure joy…”? Only God at work, can work joy in the midst of suffering, pain, grief. But he does. !!

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