The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

By: Dr. Adrian Gammon

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is sacred to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” -Nehemiah 8:10 NIV

I’ve often thought of God’s power being my strength, or His wisdom, but have often struggled to understand His joy as being my strength too. I keep thinking of the song “The Joy of the Lord is my strength” – which repeats that line somewhere around a million times. It’s repetitive, but it does stick in my head as well. Which is what I need when I don’t feel like being joyful. But there is strength found in God’s joy.

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Prayer Changes Everything

By: Dr. Julie Henderson, CVM Associate

There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. (Luke 2:36-37)

“There is nothing left to do but pray.”

It is what we say when we are at our wits end. We say it with a sense of despair. After we have done all that we can do to unsuccessfully rectify a tragic situation and are almost out of hope – we pray. We doubt that anything good will come of it except, maybe, a sense of peace. But will prayer actually change anything?

Why should we pray? How much should we pray? How should we pray? What is the good of prayer?

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Reflections from the Field

Melanie Thompson, a veterinary student from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, was given the opportunity to serve on her first short-term trip with CVM to India where she served with India Gospel League. IMG_1688

Melanie was kind enough to answer some questions for us!

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