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“For we wanted to come to you – I, Paul, more than once – and yet Satan hindered us.  For who is our hope or joy or crown of exultation?  Is it not even you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming?  For you are our glory and joy” (1 Thessalonians 2:18-20).

Where is your hope and in what do you rejoice.  Yes, you have been given the promised redemption in grace, but do you not rejoice at the work of the Lord in your midst?  Are you a part of what He is doing, or, like the world, do you focus upon yourself?  Be freed of the world’s way of seeing things and come join in the salvation that is present amongst the saints of the Lord.

Lord, grant that I may have a larger view of things.  Open my eyes to see what You are doing and then give me the inclination to join You.  Lead me, O Lord, so that I may now and always look to You and look away from the world for my inspiration.  Through You and in You is all hope.  Let me glory in the work You are doing through those I see around me who are doing what is pleasing to You.

Come, Holy Spirit, and minister to me so that I may be open to the reality of Your work here and around the world.  Help me to join with the angels in rejoicing every time one sinner repents and joins in our midst.  Guide me to have an outward-looking heart, loving all people, and learning to love as You love.  Guide me this day in order that I may see and rejoice in all that is happening around me in and through Christ my Savior.  Amen.