Let’s come now into this third week of our Advent celebration and light the candle of Joy.Our candle of Hope still burns brightly to represent the precious ‘hope’, and anticipation that’s ours with the Messiah’s birth.
The candle of ‘peace’ glows still with the precious gift of it heralded in by our Savior’s birth, and what a delight to know Him in this glorious Advent celebration. What a delight to know the peace that only He can give in times of sure uncertainty!But now let’s light the candle of Joy; to let it sparkle and glow in a peaceful and hopeful Advent season! Joy in this world? It’s hard to come by, so where on this earth is Joy? It’s not in our stuff, our surroundings, our circumstances or our happiness but as we worship the Saviour, we find It’s lodging in our own heart! Yeah, right there within us and sometimes, in the middle of nothing good, it still burns brightly in that soul because joy isn’t about things or situations or friends, or finances! Joy is about contentment in our Lord and knowing that in Him we have all we need. So let’s all just breathe now and know that He will provide, and care and grace us daily with His good gifts. Yeah, in your deepest self, and deepest soul, That’s where we’ll find it. Even when the world is reeling in anguish and joy appears non-existent, our beautiful souls can praise the God of our Salvation and sing “Joy To The World, the Lord has come” to a world that has none and needs lots. Oh how marvellous are His works and how wonderful are His ways. So come now and light this precious light of joy and shine it in your night and in the night of those in your circle of influence.Isaiah 9: 6,7
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us, And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.”