In the wake of the recent Newtown, Conn. tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, it seems too soon to write about "Joy."

I've already written about how Enough....is enough. 
(maybe you'll find it too harsh, or too idealistic, or too religious....you might even unfollow.   I would never intentionally offend - and while I bravely state my own views, I never look less on someone who does not share them.  Truth of character is always revealed in the heart - and I will always, always look to your heart above your religious and political views.  Believe me, I know Christians do  not hold the monopoly on Goodness.  In fact, sometimes....we fail miserably.)

Today is the 3rd Sunday of Advent, which means I am contemplating Joy.
Is it odd that "Advent" is all about waiting? 
How appropriate:   After such deep, wrecking mourning ---- I am waiting on Joy.
My hope is still that it is coming:  for all of us.

  Luke 2:8-14 
 
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory
of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of
great joy that will be for all people. Today in the
town of David a Savior is born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths
 and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with
the angel, praising God saying,
“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men
on whom his favor rests”.
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Imagine for a minute if you can, that moment.   Not the shepherds fear; but how glorious it must have been to hear the angels rejoice at the Good News.   Rejoice: now there’s a word we do not often use in daily conversation.

We might say we are happy, or thrilled; elated even.  We struggle to define because unlike happiness; Joy is not just a fleeting state of mind.  Having abundant joy as He desires for us, is not a natural human disposition, but a disposition of the Spiritual kind.   The spirit of joy - the kind which endures through both good days and bad - is evidence of the work of God’s spirit within us.  

It is Gods’ desire that we experience great joy in our lives.  To a world often seeking happiness in all the wrong places, let us not appear a killjoy faith.   Our joy is not mere feeling, but an outward expression of our abiding confidence in God – at all times.

Are you living a life chasing happiness?  You were created to share in God’s glory - Reclaim your birth-right!   Then you will know rejoicing as the angels did that Star lit night so long ago.

 

 John 16:22 - "So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy." (NIV)