7 of 7: JOY

Christmas-DayJoy (1)7 or 7: JOY. “God’s gifts put man’s best dreams to shame.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning

After a busy day, it feels good to lose myself in poetry and the quiet world of earphones. Christmas carols gives way to the actual poetry of the lyrics, and I am transported in JOY to the musical, poetic,spiritual world that I love.

Elizabeth Barrett Browning is one of my favoirte poets. She was a woman after my own heart and followed her JOYS despited serious illnesses and tragedies. She learned Hebrew and Greek so that she might understand the the Old Testament and New Testament in a more direct way. She chose to keep JOY in her life despite it all.

Christmas is a season of gifts. Gifts of spending time with family. Gifts of traditions that we pass down from year to year. Gifts sitting under the tree waiting to be opened. Gifts .of JOY. Gifts of HOPE. Gifts of LOVE. I read once a simple alliteration of 3 words that sums up Christmas in the best way. “God gives God”

God gives God. I think Elizabeth Barrett Browning got it right in that first quote.

“Now may the God of HOPE fill you with all JOY and PEACE in believing, that you may abound in HOPE, in the power of the Holy Spirit.” Rm 15:13

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