Joy to the World – December 17, 2012

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Joy to the world, the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.

Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 98

Published in 1719

Joy to the World

According to my calendar, Christmas is but eight days away and the festivities are well underway.  As I look back, Christmas has given me three themes that have stayed with me throughout the years.  The first is “Joy to the World.”  This week, I want to explore joy as we understand it within the human experience.   Joy is closely related to hope and courage, but also finds strength through sorrow and pain.

As we celebrate this joyous season, may we reach out and express the joy of connection.