Joyful News

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; I bring you Good News of great joy
that will be for all the people.”
Luke 2:10
Have you ever noticed the different responses you see in faces when you comment: Christmas is just around the corner? Some faces frown and respond: So much to do, in too little time. Too many requests from charities. Too many gifts to buy. So little resources! What do all these faces lack? The remembrance that this is Advent, a time which should be filled with joyful expectancy as we await the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child. The One who has brought joy into my life and all who know Him.
On a night, long ago, the angels sang: I bring you Good News of great joy! A song sung to all people. Let’s lay down our negatives, our joy-less faces, our prejudices. Let your heart be filled with joy… not materialistic fleeting joy, but the true joy that comes through Jesus Christ. The angel’s message brings abiding joy… the Messiah has been born. When Jesus was born, He brought to earth everlasting salvation and love. The angel’s song, the joyous words, I bring you God News of great joy which shall be to all people.
My life has been so filled with His love, guidance, protection, and faithfulness. What is my gift to the newborn King? Mary the mother of Jesus said Yes to the angel without hesitation when told it was God’s plan for her to be chosen as mother of the Christ Child. She gave herself! My prayer is that I may be selfless as the mother of Jesus and be willing to follow His leadership, serve as He leads, and say Yes without hesitation to His bidding.
Choose this Advent Season to have the face of joy, joy that lasts. Be filled with joyful expectancy of the gift of the Christ Child. Hallelujah! What a Savior!
Our Father, may the everlasting love and joy brought to his earth
at Jesus’s birth be ours throughout this Holy Season. Amen.
Thought for the day: Jesus is everlasting joy!
Helen Drummond
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