January 11 – New Joy

“Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.”    Psalm 47:1

What is the difference between joy and happiness?  Happiness is deemed as being a temporary feeling of pleasure, probably caused by an event or events.  Joy, on the other hand, is a vivid emotion of extreme gladness, which is more of a state of being.  Choosing to respond to life’s difficult situations with inner contentment and satisfaction does not always make sense to us, but it is an opportunity to experience joy.

Lord God. Help me to understand the difference between joy and happiness.  I want to be happy as often as I can but realise that it is more important to have joy, which is strong and lasting.   I know that with you this can happen, despite personal circumstances. Real joy comes by following you and living according to your principles.   Amen.

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