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At the end of July, I enjoyed the musical, Annie, at the Lebanon Theater where one of our precious children played the role of Molly. Some of you probably know this story well or even have followed the comic strip in the past. Annie is a young girl who brings laughter and adventure to a plot filled with a troubling time in America as well as in her own life. Orphaned Annie showed how a young girl working through tough times can have a positive, joyous heart.
God’s word tells us of someone who really lived, the Apostle Paul, who truly had a heart of joy. In all things. Paul’s joy was contagious and flowed even though he was in jail and had memories of many hardships. Throughout the book of Philippians, Paul’s joy is found connecting his call to continue for Christ. He urged his saints of Philippi to rejoice in the same way he has— Phil. 2:18
In Orphan Annie, we could see that her joy was centered on a hope. She carried the note her parents left with her at the time of their separation. She wore a half broken heart as daily she waited and watched for her Mom and Dad’s return. This focus on her hope that they will return kept her filled with joy. It even gave her courage to bear hard times and even move forward with seeking to find her true parents.
We have a blessed Hope. We are to seek daily the return of our Savior. Paul reminded us this and tells us to comfort one another in I Thess.4 &5. We have a letter of His Word, which promises His return for us. He has given us a new heart (II Cor. 5:17) and our adoption into His family( Romans 8: 15) We are seeking to draw closer and closer to our Heavenly Father as the day draws closer when we will be with our eternal family. (Hebrews 10: 23-25)
Finally, ladies- (my paraphrase) rejoice in the Lord -Phil 3:1
Tomorrow - tomorrow He will come for me and for you.
Women’s ministry coordinator