Sunday, December 12, 2010

Day 12: Advent Sunday #2: Joy

okay, i know i am doing my sunday advent days way out of order, by whatevs. today, i am going to do: JOY!
remember when you were a little kid and the overwhelming "joy" you felt when you opened your presents and you got exactly what you asked "santa" for?

that feeling that filled every aspect of your body when you would frantically try to pry open that toy box to get your favorite toy out? (okay, maybe that joy turned to frustration for awhile) ;) but once you were able to get that toy free, you couldn't put it down. it was the highlight for many the next month...

but that joy was temporary. it maybe only lasted for a bit or so until you got bored and counted down the days until the next christmas or birthday came to get the new "barbie" or "gi joe."

however, during this advent season, we are given a different joy, a joy that fills our entire being when we accept the precious FREE gift that our heavenly father has given us, his SON, Jesus Christ!

i can't begin to explain the joy that the lord gives, but as long as you are his, you will always have it.

yes, advent is a wonderful time of joyful expectation. as i noted before, joy comes wrapped in many packages, but the most important joy you will receive this christmas time is to ask for the grace of God to fully appreciate the gift of the Jesus Christ, and commit yourself to serving those in need. From this, you will enter into the JOY of the Lord.

Psalm 16:11 (esv)
You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

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