Get Them Talking: Joy

United Methodist resources help families talk about the joy of the Lord. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.
United Methodist resources help families talk about the joy of the Lord. Image by Sara Schork, United Methodist Communications.

Get Them Talking is a series of monthly resources to help families lead conversations about issues of faith during dinner, devotions, a drive or anytime .

Scripture Reading

"This day is holy to our Lord. Don't be sad, because the joy from the Lord is your strength!" Nehemiah 8:10, CEB

Reflection

Sometimes, when we are happy, we feel like we can do anything. Our chores can even become more exciting when we find ways of doing them that bring us joy. We may also experience that strength when we get an exceptional report card, win an important game, do a great job on stage or get a promotion at work.

On Easter Sunday (April 21), Christians around the world celebrate the joy of Jesus' resurrection. Easter teaches us that sadness and fear do not have the final word. Instead, our strength comes from the joy of knowing that God is bigger than our biggest fears.

Get them talking

  • Share about a time when you were very, very happy.
  • What do you think the Bible means by, "the joy from the Lord is your strength"?
    Is joy from the Lord different from other joys?
  • How will you celebrate joy on Easter Sunday?
    Is there something you can do together as a family?

Prayer

Dear God, thank you for Jesus and his resurrection. Fill us with your joy today and every day. Amen.

Activity

Plan a special event for your family to do just for the fun of it.

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This devotional was first posted on March 20, 2019.