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.

19 thoughts on “Joy to the World – December 17, 2012

  1. My father always played a recording of Joy to the World, very loudly, early on Christmas morning. It is a hymn with joyous memories although, as a teenager, I sometimes failed to appreciate the joyous beginning to Christmas day. JOY TO THE WORLD!

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    • Thank you so much for you comments – very much appreciated. Vancouver, Canada is going to have a white Christmas. We are in the middle of a snowstorm and I’m heading out to feel the snowflakes land on my nose.

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      • I heard that eastern Canada is heading in for blizzards. Canadian’s love to share so I’m certain that they wouldn’t mind sending some your way…but not as devastating as your last storm. We were holding our breaths for all of you!!!

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    • Vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch für einen Besuch. Ich schätze Ihre Kommentare. Ich kann nicht Deutsch sprechen, aber mein Sohn ist unter deutschen an der Universität. Ihre Sprache ist sehr schön. Ich habe den Google-Übersetzer gefundene hoffentlich Diese Nachricht ist verständlich. Wir freuen uns auf unseren laufenden Dialog.

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    • Merry Christmas!!! Thank you for stopping by for a visit! Your comments are so very much appreciated. I’m am looking forward to our journey ahead…

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