Originally published Thursday, 20 May 2021.
If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.John 15:10-12 NIV
Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.Nehemiah 8:10b NIV
Where may abundant joy be found?
In this world are strife and discord,
Yet angels sing a heavenly chord.
Love one another declares the Lord.
On His throne King Jesus is crowned,
His perfect command a lovely sound.
Through obedience peace abounds.
Truth destroys bondage like a sword.
Freedom and strength our great reward.
My eye beholds the One adored.
With joy complete on hallowed ground,
In Jesus abundant joy is found.
Linda L. Kruschke is the author of My Name Is Beloved, winner of the Unpublished Memoir category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest, as well as a self-published author of two poetry books. She is a wife, mother, active member of her church, former Bible Study Fellowship leader, and recovering lawyer. She works as the Director of Legal Publications for the Oregon State Bar. But her real passion is sharing God’s healing grace with others, especially those haunted by sexual trauma and abortion. She struggled with major clinical depression for many years, but through the power of forgiveness has become a fearless follower of Christ, living in the assurance of her salvation and God’s love. She blogs at Another Fearless Year and Broken Believers.