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Photography:  carol a castagna


John 15: 11 These things have I spoken to you that My joy may renew in you and that your joy may be full.

John 15: 16 You did not choose Me but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit.

The joy of the Lord is separate from our circumstances. Our joy in the Lord, though, shines through our circumstances no matter how baffling they may be: through the peace of mind that God grants us, through our kind dispositions that the Lord instills, through our countenance of resolve that the Lord our God has promised to walk with us and see us through whatever we are facing.  Isaiah tells us, literally and figuratively, that we can walk through the fire and the flames will not touch our garments. He says the floods will come and we will not be consumed. The Lord protects us from the harm that our situations can bring. With His joy, in this uncertain world, where much around us makes no sense and confounds reason, we are equipped to bring His light, His Word and His love to a dying world, to our fellow-man so that all people may have a chance to accept the grace of God.

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The peace of God passes all understanding -that we could have joy in the midst of sorrow;  this is the reality of those who trust the Lord.

We thank the Lord this morning, with humble hearts, for His great love for us through Jesus Christ who loved us and gave His life for us. Amen


Close to Your heart,

I breathe Your presence.

You bring a new morning song,

my God, my Redeemer.

The briar and thistle touch no part of me.

The waters flood nowhere near me.

The fire burns no thread of my garment.

For You, Almighty God, protect Your own,

every day, every moment…and,

with a grateful heart, I thank You.





Covered with lush leaves,

Oak branches sweep, with the breeze,

to the sky.

Lifted, each one stretches and reaches,

as if -in praise to You, Lord!

©  mrs. carol castagna 11/12/15, writings and photos

Inspiration from Isaiah 55