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joySaturday, November 13, 2021

Galatians 5

Joy, Freedom and Thanksgiving

Soon in the United States we celebrate the feast of Thanksgiving for the many gifts God has shared with us. Freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear are outlined in a speech by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States, in January of 1941, months before the U.S. entry into the global conflict that we now call World War II.

Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell

In Galatians 5, Paul tells us that the great gift of Christ is freedom.  As we reflect on the joy that enters our lives when we live in Christ’s freedom, we give thanks for the gift of freedom to experience joy even in the darkest of days and in the most punishing of circumstances.

“Freedom is what we have—Christ has set us free! Stand, then, as free people, and do not allow yourselves to become slaves again”. Galatians 5:1

If today’s Noontime calls you to search for more surprises, click on the word Joy in the categories cloud in the blog’s right hand sidebar and choose a reflection, or enter the word Joy in the blog search bar. You may also want to visit the Joy for the Journey blog at www.joyforthee.blogspot.com to see how joy surprises you there.


The text, a recording and further information about Roosevelt’s speech can be found at: http://www.fdrlibrary.marist.edu/fourfreedoms

Image from: http://manhattanwomensclub.com/four-freedoms-park-and-the-united-nations/

For more information about anxiety and joy, visit: http://riselikeair.wordpress.com/2014/01/09/anxiety-joy-a-journey/

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