Word of the Month

Beaming with joy

August 2003

Already the psalmist David professed: "They looked to Him and were radiant." (Psalm 34:6). Thus it is important to look to the Lord. Whoever is able to recognize Him in His word, in the activity of the Spirit, and in the grace out of the sacrifice of Jesus, is thankful, remains humble, and will beam with joy. We can also see the Lord in the service of His angels. How often have we not been in a dangerous situation and just barely escaped with our life and so experienced how He holds His protective hand over us, and leads and guides us.

We also see the Lord in comfort and peace. The source of true comfort is the Holy Spirit! From where does true peace come? Not from the well-intentioned peace talks of concerned heads of state, but exclusively from Jesus, the Prince of Peace. He told His disciples: "My peace I give to you," and then added: "Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." (c.f. John 14:27).

Beaming with joy - for us this means having an Apostolic radiance, which originates from a joyful spirit. We have grounds for joy in any case: we are sealed and have thereby received the pledge of glory, we carry the Holy Spirit within us, and a glorious future in eternal fellowship with God and His Son awaits us. In the services we are uplifted, we receive certainty of faith, and light upon our path to the goal. In the house of God our sins are forgiven and we share intimate fellowship with the Lord in the Holy Communion.

Let us beam with joy! Even in suffering, because we know that it will not remain so. Always remember the assurance of Jesus: "And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (c.f. Matthew 28:20). And if things really do go from bad to worse let us imagine ourselves on the day of the Lord, the return of Christ. Then we will beam with joy as never before. When, in a moment, all that weighs us down is lifted from us, and there is no more injustice, sickness, lies, and nothing impure or unpleasant any more but only love and peace our joy will be perfect.

(From a service by the Chief Apostle)