Soon I will leave work for home and the commute is some 23 miles. So in my last hour at work, I write you with some encouraging words. No matter what your day was like, rejoice. In everything give thanks and rejoice.
It is a good thing to rejoice in the Lord. Perhaps you found the first dose ineffectual. Keep on with your medicine, and when you cannot feel any joy, when there is no spring, and no seeming comfort and encouragement, still rejoice, and count it all joy. Even when you fall into divers temptations, reckon it joy, and delight, and God will make your reckoning good. Do you suppose your Father will let you carry the banner of His victory and His gladness on to the front of the battle, and then coolly stand back and see you captured or beaten back by the enemy? Never! the Holy Spirit will sustain you in your bold advance and fill your heart with gladness and praise, and you will find your heart all exhilarated and refreshed by the fullness of the heart within.
Lord, teach me to rejoice in Thee and to rejoice evermore.
The joy of the Lord is the strength of His people.
The sunshine that scatters their sadness and gloom;
The fountain that bursts in the desert of sorrow,
And sheds o’er the wilderness, gladness, and bloom.
My encouragement tonight as we lay our heads to sleep is toiled on, faint not, but keep watching in prayer. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. May Almighty God bless and keep you. May He watch over you throughout the night and give you a dream or vision.