To find joy in another’s joy, that is the secret of happiness. Georges Bernanos
Meditation: This Saturday our church is preparing a lantern walk for about 60 children and their families. The story of St. Martin’s will be acted out, including St. Martin riding on a live horse. Usually the children who participate are enamored with the lanterns, the singing and walking around the church in the dark, with the horse and the story of a rich man sharing this coat with a poor man. German waffles and German soups help make the families and children feel nurtured and at home. Watching the families, I can see how the parents delight in their children’s joy. Many have driven quite a distance to get them here. Parenting teaches us to rejoice more in our children’s joy than seeking joy for ourselves. Our happiness is to witness our children’s joy. God is like a parent who rejoices in us. As we participate in the outings and adventures of life and remain connected with God through all of them, we remain in God’s love and delight. It is comforting to know that God ultimately wants our joy and is ready to walk a long distance with us, so we will find places where we feel nurtured and at home.
Prayer: God, when we hurt, You hurt. When we feel joy, You rejoice. Help us see ourselves held in such a loving and intimate relationship with You. And we are grateful. Amen
Jesus said: “If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.” John 15:10-11