Advent: week 3, Joy

Advent Joy

Joy to the world, the Lord has come! The focus of the third week of Advent is Joy.  We have Joy because we know Him and trust Him.

The verses below explain the many ways that God brings joy. The shepherds experienced God’s Joy when they saw the star that would lead them to the manger. We share that same Joy because we have been to the manger- we know Him! We experience God’s Joy after clinging to faith to endure suffering. We experience God’s Joy when we trust in Him.

This week notice the experiences that bring your Joy and thank God for them each time they happen. That Joy that we feel in this season, with family, celebration and twinkling lights is His Joy, and it is a gift that we receive from Him.

If you are having trouble finding Joy in the season you are not alone. I encourage you to pray about this and to ask God to show you special Joy this season. Open yourself up to receiving that gift from Him and look for opportunities to be blessed and to bless others who may also be struggling. Consider attending a Christmas play or musical at church, volunteer to serve others, sit outside and look up at the stars and marvel in His creation. Don’t feel compelled to measure your experience to a greeting card- we are all her for His purpose and we are all on different paths, but his Joy is a gift that He lavishes on all of us- allow yourself the opportunity to receive that Joy.

Meditate on these verses this week. Print them out and consider spending time each day meditating on hope, peace, and joy.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. (Matthew 2:10)

Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.  (Psalm 30:5)

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. (Romans 15:13)

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 end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:8-9)

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