Are you beginning to feel the joy of the season, yet? Or are you feeling more harried than singing “Hallelujah”?
Take this time to meditate on Joy as the scriptures define it. I think it might change things for you.
The elements of the Advent candle in the typical wreath centerpiece are purple and pink. There is just one pink candle and it is the one for today: The Candle of Joy.
The color is a rose pink and it symbolizes joy and happiness as the Day of Christmas approaches. That certainly matches the feelings that build for me as I have been concentrating everyday on looking at the true meaning of Christmas.
Many homes have lights outlining their porches, some whole yards are alight with lights, or signs, and even whole nativity scenes.
I have to exert quite a bit of self control at this time of year. so many reasons and ways to indulge my desire to buy things, eat things, and generally indulge myself. but I am trying to channel all that into an attitude of joy, or giving smiles, and being patient with those around me.
Some scriptures about Joy:
1 Peter 1:8-9
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
10 Nehemiah said, â€œGo and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.â€
Share something sweet today. i think hot cocoa, and a few Christmas treats would be just the thing!
Say something sweet to each person in your gathering.
Joy To The World
Good Christian Men Rejoice
What Child Is This
Carol Of The Bells