Joy is an inward happiness that overflows and express itself outwardly. Joy is usually caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying.
We often talk about the joy at Christmas time.
Jesus was exceptionally good.
His birth was the exception to the idea of a messiah.
He came as a baby.
Presented first to the shepherds.
One of the lowest professions.
But the joy comes not only from the circumstances of his birth but by the meaning of his presence in the world.
God is with us.
When our joy comes from being close to the presence of God, our joy is eternal. Christmas joy is more than exceptionally good. It is transformational.
“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
Until Everyone Hears,
P.S. - During Advent, your challenge is to get 25 items for a local food pantry and write inspiration words on them. You can find more details here.