Jamie Brown on Rejoicing Our Way Through 2020

After a seven-month-long absence of any kind of new posts on this blog (it’s been a little crazy… anyone else?), I wanted to dust things off around here with a quick word about rejoicing. Because, for most of us, when we think back over the last seven months, perhaps the LAST word that would come to mind is “rejoice”.

If you’re a worship leader and you’re reading this (or involved in ANY kind of church ministry), this has been the hardest, weirdest, longest year yet. And it’s not over yet!

And yet we have the Apostle Paul to thank for this exhortation, to “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice” (Philippians 4:4).

So how can a person rejoice, when all around that person are reasons not to rejoice?

When things are truly hard. When circumstances are truly difficult. When everything around you has been shaken. When everything in your daily life has been shaken. When everything in your church has been shaken.

How can we rejoice – and not only that – but rejoice always – in the face of such difficulties? To “rejoice in the Lord always…”

Therein lies the challenge. And therein lies the secret to it all.

The challenge is to rejoice. The secret to it all? Three words: In. The. Lord.

Yes, everything around you, and everything in your daily life, and everything in your church has been shaken. Yes, things are truly difficult. And we feel all that we’ve lost, and all of the upheaval, and all of the waiting. And we grieve and lament the sadness of it all.

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Source: Church Leaders