Litany of JOY

Litany of JOY

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The rumble of our plane landing on the tarmac jolted me back to reality. I was back in the Midwest after a summer of suitcase living and traveling over 12,000 miles. Yep, living life as a missionary definitely came into full swing during those months. I finished up the spring semester on campus, worked to mentor other missionaries at our FOCUS New Staff Training, served in a small village in Ecuador, and trained to direct our FOCUS retreats. I also had a few fun trips in the midst of it all too, thankfully!

Arriving back on campus in August, I honestly felt more depleted than filled up. How was I supposed to lead our team and our students when I could barely find motivation to pray and serve? Why wasn’t I allowed to be settled where Jesus had me; did He just leave me here alone?

In a quiet moment of prayer, Jesus told me what He wanted me to do. Write a litany of joy.

Okay, Jesus…I really didn’t think joy was my problem, I mean, I’m a pretty happy and outgoing person.

Write a litany of joy…

This echoed in my heart for the next couple weeks, deepening my desire and understanding of what joy truly is. I decided I should give it a try…

LITANY OF JOY
From my need to be in control… deliver me, Jesus.
From the distorted view of what will make me happy…
From disappointment and discouragement in the weakness of others…
From disappointment and discouragement in my own weakness…
From letting the evil one control my reactions throughout my day…
From the lie that You are far from me…
From the moments when I place my identity in someone or something else…
From my fear of discomfort and suffering…
From the lie that I am not enough…
From the lie that You are not enough and cannot fulfill the longings of my heart…
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In the times I am feeling the weight of the Cross… Jesus, come be my joy.
In times of confusion…
When I am afraid…
In the times I feel overwhelmed…
In the times when I feel Your peace…
In times of friendship and community…
In times of misunderstanding and hurt…
When I am jealous…
When I am angry…
When I want to give up…
When I am fighting temptation…
In times of planning and work…
In times when I am tired…
In times of doubt…
When I cannot see the future ahead of me…
At all times, seasons, and moments in my life…
Amen.

Joy is not an emotion. It is a choice. Joy is a disposition from which I can love. When I encounter those around me I must do it joyfully, because they must know they are worthy of love. When I work I must do it joyfully because all my work must be united to the work of Jesus.

Joy leads us back to the Father because joy reminds us of who we are – His little children.

I pray the words of this litany can echo this truth to your heart as it has mine. Be little and let Him lead you.

6 thoughts on “Litany of JOY

  1. Jou

    Thank you for this. This prayer felt like it covered all that’s been swirling within me. This will be my prayer for 2019. Thank you and God bless.

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    1. Joyce Feathers

      This is a. Beautiful prayer. It covers all those feelings that come up inside of me that I know aren’t from God. Thank you and God Bless

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  2. geovanna s. garcia

    i want to have copies of the litany of life and the other litany like litany of joy, etc. im planning to send them to my friends in the philippines. please let me know how to have them.

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