Reasons to Rejoice
Reasons to Rejoice

"The light of the eyes rejoices the heart,
and good news refreshes the bones."
~ Proverbs 15:30 ESV

In times of hardship, it is natural to focus on the negative. Time to time, and from one degree to another, everyone battles hopelessness weighted by dread. As the conditions and perspectives will differ in each person's life, it is essential never to make light of anyone's distress. We are all unique and, therefore, how deeply such feelings occur dramatically affects one's disposition.

FamilyMoments of joy are all around us but can easily be overshadowed by dark clouds of gloom when the fog of negativity pollutes the air of gladness. The remedy then is to recognize the gifts our Heavenly Father bestows on us in the light of our current circumstances.

Rev. Richard Wurmbrand explains: "There's always a good reason to rejoice. There is a God in heaven and in the heart. I had a piece of bread this morning, it was so good! Look now, the sun is shining! And so many here love me! Every day you do not rejoice is a day lost!"

The Pulpit Commentary observes, "There is something infectious in the guileless, joyful look of a happy man or child, which has a cheering effect upon those who observe it."

WorshipAs you can imagine, we meet Christians living in conditions that are brutally hostile and downright depressing. And yet, in this environment, the church grows. It does so because amid the heartache, Christians rejoice in their suffering and continue to share the good news of the Gospel. The fires of persecution can never destroy true faith; it can only make it shine brighter.

During these days of uncertainty, your commitment to this ministry has not wavered. I have had many staff members come to me astounded that the giving to this ministry has remained strong and steady. Your financial gifts and faithful prayers continue to support persecuted Christians around the world as we have been able to administer projects of love and support. It is our joy to serve in these conditions and give thanks to our God from whom all blessings flow.

I pray that the "God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To Him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen" (1 Peter 5:10-11).

For His glory,

Floyd A. Brobbel
Chief Executive Officer
The Voice of the Martyrs Canada