The Meaning of Joy

 

since Eric has come home on break, we've been doing a lot of this - enjoying our holidays

since Eric has come home on break, we’ve been doing a lot of this – enjoying our holidays

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I’d have to be hard pressed to search long and hard for something to share with ya’ll this Christmas Eve. I’m not into deep and lengthy Internet searches for just the perfect poem or motivational topic. I’m inspired by the simplicity of  the nearness of this moment, and what it contains. So what I have to say tonight comes from a carol we sang lustily in church yesterday morning. The minister expounded on JOY by going through the Bible and commenting on the various mentions. We learned that great sacrifices proceed great joy (Nehemiah 12:43) , and that keeping the LORD at our right hand gives us the very fullness of joy (Psalm 16). Then he surprised us all by suggesting we sing a carol — one that begins with joy. And so we launched into

Joy to the World!

The LORD is come —

Let earth recieve her king!

Let every heart prepare Him room,

and heaven and nature sing!

Joy to the world!

The Saviour reigns —

Let men their songs employ!

While fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains

repeat the sounding joy!

He rules the earth

with truth and grace —

and makes the nations prove

the glories of His righteousness

and wonders of His love!

And this is what was rolling around in my head lately. How can we bring joy to the world, provoke the earth to recieve her king, and make room in our hearts for Him? Do we really employ our songs when we think of our reigning Saviour? And do we really marvel at the glories of His righteousness and wonders of His love?

I pray that this Christmas, you will think less about how many gifts you have recieved or how much snow is on the ground. Whether you’re at your own home with your own family (count your blessings, they are weighty!), or if you’re at work, or lonely at school; may you think more about what God really gave to the world in the form of a perfect, helpless child. He gave us every reason for living.

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