God Stories


May 21, 2018 by John



I Choose Joy

My love and I were married two days after Christmas in my little white home church. The church was beautifully decorated for Christmas, and two huge white poinsettias had been added for the ceremony. As we left the church as husband and wife, those gathered sang “Joy to the World”. Seeking joy, that song became part of our marriage’s legacy. After 28 years together, my love began arduous treatments for a rare and aggressive cancer. The challenges were horrendous. One day she said to me, “Am I crazy? I am so happy.” With the help of her prayer circle, she had found joy in her circumstances. We even closed her memorial service by singing “Joy to the World”.

The grief process was hard and lonely. When “Joy to the World” was played at church, tears streamed down my face as I silently praised God for my marriage. I learned that you CAN feel joy with a broken heart. Through prayer, support, and counseling I have a new and joyful life. The joy challenge is a blessing to me because it helps me keep my eyes on Jesus. Last night I sang “Joy to the World” with my heart full of thanksgiving.

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