This week we are thinking about Joy.
When we open our hearts and let the love of Jesus enter, we know joy!
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
Some people who knew the joy right away were the shepherds. After visiting the stable, they went back to their sheep, glorifying and praising God. But a lot of people living in Bethlehem missed it. They slept right through the whole thing and never knew it happened.
As we walk through these days leading up to Christmas, how much joy do we see in the faces of people around us or in each other?
Nehemiah 8:10 tells us, “The joy of the Lord is your strength”. What is joy and how do we get it?
Here’s a song that I’m enjoying singing along to at the moment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3gLeCiMJqI
It reminds me that it’s not grumbling or being depressed that is going to get me through my challenges, but rather, it’s the Joy of the Lord.
Prayer time: Let’s pray each day that we will call on the joy of the Lord to be our strength this week, and that we can pass this on to others around us.
Response: Write on your tag one thing that has brought you joy this week.
Remember to come along to church early so you can decorate the Advent tree with your tags – With the busyness of last week’s services, you may not have had a chance to put your “Love” tag on the Advent Tree – why not do two this week?