Spiritual Practice


Anthony Reyna, 18

The economy’s decline affects everyone. My family has been on the tightest budget in the history of budgets. My father was laid off in July 2008. By the grace of God, he found work in January 2009; but unfortunately, the damage was done. We are buried in debt.

[Jesus said to his disciples:] “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.”
John 15:11 (NIV) 

Our story is a common one these days. I know three families in which the father, the primary provider, was laid off. Yet these families, mine included, share a joy beyond compare. Why are we so happy in the midst of financial struggles? Our joy comes not from money or a job but from the Lord. Because we rely on the never-ending peace and joy of Christ, my family and I are able to make our way through this financial crisis. Furthermore, I have been able to encourage other people who are struggling because I know their pain, and I know that God will walk with them through this difficult time.


REFLECT: When you’re struggling, who or what helps you to find joy in the Lord? Allow my story to give you hope.

—from devozine (November/December 2012). Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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