Let's clarify. Of course He wants you to have joy in your life, and happiness too for that matter. But I think we've all heard the expression, typically when someone wants to do whatever it is they want to do, regardless of the circumstances. So what is it that God does want? Let's listen to the events of Mark, chapter 6.
What do you fear and on what do you depend? You get in the car; it starts. You get into the boat to go fishing; it stays afloat, brings you back. We're finishing the second half of Chapter 5 of Mark, and in the end it's all about faith, isn't it?
When was the last time you covered your eyes when hearing someone say something; probably never I guess. Maybe you'd cover your ears if you didn't want to listen to some terrible news. Today we're in Chapter 4 of Mark's gospel; the parable of the sewer and the seed, a sermon you've heard more times than you can count, particularly if you've spent a good part of your life in church. Today, Nancy's focusing on a different slant; the ears of your heart.
For all of us "oldies" out there, I think we might remember who Sister Sledge was. Well, maybe not, but we probably remember the song which continues "I got all my sisters and me". Loyalty to family, but what family and how are we loyal? That's the question Nancy is exploring this morning.