A Prayer for the Second Sunday of Lent – What is Joy?

by Christine Sine

I was reflecting this morning on what brings us joy and makes us happy.  We have so distorted our understanding of these concepts moving them to the centre of our life purpose rather than seeing them as the unexpected outcome of lives dedicated to God’s purposes.  Pursuit of self brings fleeting joy and momentary happiness that often has long term consequences of suffering and pain.

Real joy and happiness do not come from pursuing self-love, self-satisfaction and self-advancement.  They well up from deep within our souls when we become aware of how our productivity has fulfilled God’s purposes. Joy comes from restoring God’s image to the lives of the marginalized and abandoned.  Enduring happiness comes from bringing into our broken world glimpses of God’s kingdom of freedom, abundance and love.

While reflecting on this today I wrote this prayer which expresses some of what I was thinking:

God we have scattered ourselves

Looking for pleasure

We are dissatisfied with wanting, tasting and getting

God we have exhausted ourselves

Running after wealth

We are drained by long hours of pressure and stress

We have diminished ourselves

Seeking glory through our own efforts

We are disillusioned by self centredness and fleeting happiness

We have not found joy

In self-love, self satisfaction or self exultation

God have mercy and forgive us

Restore to us the joy of your salvation

Renew a right spirit within us

May we live well and enjoy productive and righteous lives

May we find our joy in serving you

And discover real happiness in loving others

May we find in the you the way, the truth and the life


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Christine Sine February 25, 2010 - 6:08 pm

Thanks Ann

Christine Sine February 25, 2010 - 6:09 pm

I meant to add – great blog thanks for making me aware of it

annkroeker March 1, 2010 - 4:26 am

I’m delighted you stopped by!

Carol February 25, 2010 - 11:36 pm

What a beautiful poem! Thanks for sharing it.

Christine Sine February 25, 2010 - 11:53 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed it

deb@talk at the tabl February 27, 2010 - 2:56 pm

Followed the prompt from Ann,

and I love what you are saying here. Absolutely.


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