What brings you joy? This week has been filled with "bits of joy" ~ small things that cause the heart to be happy and feel the Christmas joy.
Taking a few minutes from the busy schedule of Christmas to have a piece of persimmon bread, cheese and hot coffee while enjoying a court room drama...Will she get the 24 million? Wasn't she just the housekeeper? What will come out about her family's past in the trial?
Our neighbor dropped by with some bits of joy. He knows I collect Nativity Scenes, so he brought me this one that is part of a Scroll. Lovely! Thanks Bret.
But, I am aware this is also a time of stress, hurts, illness and so many other things that don't bring joy. Last Sunday my dearest was able to fill in an preach at our church. His message was titled JOY, JOY, JOY. The essence of the message, was our JOY is in the Lord not our circumstances. No one likes difficult, painful situations...we don't deny our reality, but our joy is in the relationship we share with the Lord. We take heart because we realize that our Savior "for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross..." He felt the pain, the rejection, the ridicule, but He looked beyond that to the Joy that awaited. He gives us that strength too. So my prayer for all of us, is to find bits of Joy this Christmas. The Joy of the Lord is our Strength.