Advent Practice of Joy: Holding On (1 Thessalonians 5)

“…hold fast to what is good…”

1 Thessalonians 5:21

Did you really have a bad day or just a bad moment? 

It’s a question that has stayed with me; one I try to use not only on myself, but in conversation with my kids– particularly when I want them to get some perspective. 


This passage from 1 Thessalonians 5 has earned a spot in the contemporary consciousness. Maybe for you it’s more of a clobber text than a helpful reminder. But, perhaps the invitation is to shift our perspective within our circumstances. As you go through the day consider what is good? What is there to be thankful for? To rejoice in?

When you are together with someone special this day, give thanks to God for the gift of their presence. Spend a few moments holding their hand as a reminder to yourself to appreciate and to literally hold on to the good in your life.  

Published by shergerber

Pastor, momma & home baker in the Shenandoah Valley

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