Third Sunday in Advent

Joy to the world, the Lord is come
Let earth receive her King.
Let every heart, prepare Him room…

I love this song! I love to hear the congregation belt it out on Christmas Eve. Joy has come to the world in the form of a tiny baby. And the news of joy was heralded through the skies. There in the quiet the shepherds heard it. They didn’t wait one second or think about the to-do list that might prevent them from going to see this thing that the angels told them about. 

There must have been room in their hearts. That’s what the song encourages us to do. Let every heart, prepare Him room. The countdown is on and I wonder is there any room left? Any room for the One we are waiting for. Any room for joy?

Lighting the third candle is about joy. 

(Light the first, second, and third candle. These can be lit everyday until Christmas.)

Joy. This is the season of JOY!


This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

Share with those around you where you experienced joy this week. What brings you the most joy during this season?

Sing the song “Joy to the World”.

Pray:  Lord, it is true we sometimes forget to make room for you in our hearts. Show us how to be more joyful today. Teach us to find joy in all the circumstances of our lives…Amen.

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