Our scripture this morning is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
 Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing,  give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Paul wants us to understand that joy comes from being part of God’s family. It isn’t found in our possessions or actions, but as a result of our relationship with Him. He is the source of our being.
God wants us to have a constant connection to Him. Paul writes “pray without ceasing”, that our very lives may be a prayer. By doing His will we honor Him, and by living in His love we demonstrate His goodness.
Because of this, we must “give thanks in all circumstances”. Without God, we are nothing; in Him we have everything we need. By His mercy we have been saved from sin and death, and through His love we are called to share His blessings with the world.
Heavenly Father, we rejoice that we are Your children, made in Your image. Thank You for Your constant presence in our lives. May we be the bearers of the Gospel to all the world. Amen.