“Lord, let the joy of the Lord be on me.” That’s how I begin all my personal prayers in my prayer journal. It serves as a reminder to me that no matter what I am about to bring to God in my prayers that I will be joyful; whether it is a life event of excitement and opportunity, or a time of grief or despair, I will give thanks to God because He is good.
“Lord, let the joy of the Lord be on me.” That’s how I began my prayer on August 18, 2014. Then I continued, “I give thanks for my family, both present, and those who are yet to come.” I was alone at the lake on vacation. My wife was away at a conference in Ottawa, and in this time of prayer I felt that things were soon to change. Katie arrived back later that evening. I found out then that I was soon going to be a dad. [Read more…]