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“Dear Lord, my bless­ings bring me great joy, but there’s al­ways a shadow of guilt hang­ing over me be­cause I know oth­ers are suf­fer­ing. I get heart­sick think­ing of all the refugees, per­se­cuted Chris­tians and vic­tims of vi­o­lence I can’t help. I don’t think You want me to live in sad­ness. Still, it feels self­ish to be happy when oth­ers are in such pain. How do I come to terms with this?”

—Paul in his first let­ter to the Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans, 5:16–18

Wis­dom of the Word

Re­joice al­ways, pray with­out ceas­ing, give thanks in all cir­cum­stances; for this is the will of God in Christ Je­sus for you. We un­der­stand and yet…

It’s hard to em­brace our own hap­pi­ness in the face of oth­ers’ suf­fer­ing. Do we even have the right to ask You to ease our guilt over the joy­ful mo­ments we en­joy?

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