Daily Prayer 365

Day 140
Wednesday, January 18, 2023


If, then, there is any comfort in Christ, any consolation from love, any partnership in the Spirit, any tender affection and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or empty conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.  —Philippians 2:1–4

What if joy and pain are fundamentally tangled up with one another? Or even more to the point, what if joy is not only entangled with pain, or suffering, or sorrow, but is also what emerges from how we care for each other through those things? What if joy, instead of refuge or relief from heartbreak, is what effloresces from us as we help each other carry our heartbreaks? Which is to say, what if joy needs sorrow, or what Zadie Smith in her essay “Joy” calls “the intolerable,” for its existence? —Ross Gay, Inciting Joy 

Let joy rise up amid every heartbreak, O Sacred One. Amen. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

January 18, 2023

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