6 of 7: JOY. “Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.’…and the star…went on before them until it came and stood over the place where the Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great JOY.” – Matthew 2:1-10 NASB
JOY is finding an old Christmas song that you loved listening to – way back when there were munchkins running around the house and beloved parents were still on this sphere.
JOY is remembering that there are people out there protecting our country and and the ones I love. Thankfulness JOY.
JOY is playing ball with the dogs on a beautiful day in NC.
JOY is sending off Christmas JOY to others far away and trying not to think about them being so far away over the Christmas season.
JOY is treasuring the picture emerging from a book on to a Christmas stocking and knowing that one little Grand is going to be excited when she sees it.
JOY is reading a former student’s first draft of his book, still hearing his voice in your head and knowing that he is still a writer.
JOY is getting cards and phone texts/calls from old and new friends, collegues and family.
JOY is having former students remember you at Christmas with a card or a PM and catching up on their lives.
JOY is reading so many posts that talk about a baby being born in a manger long, long ago.
JOY is knowing that we can still come from far, far, far away – by camel – by car – by foot – by prayer – and still be blessed by His grace – no matter what!
JOY is knowing that “There Will Always Be A Christmas.” A time when JOY became flesh, lived among us and took all our sins upon Him before He returned to the Father. Now that is JOY beyond belief. It is faith. It is JOY.