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Dear God, today I saw joy
Joy in the sunlight touching the earth
Joy in the laughter among friends gathered
Joy in the face of a friend sharing a project
Joy in budding inspiration


In a world of pain and suffering, unresolved problems, and unmet needs, sometimes we need to be reminded of joy. Sometimes we need to be reminded that acknowledging joy is not neglecting the darker concerns but rather a renewing experience that points to you. In this joy we may find inspiration and strength to shine a bit of light in the darkness. God, please help us see the places that could use this spirited joy, and may we be ready to share it in your name. Amen.