Just make me happy. Give me a guppy, a birthstone ring… a perky teacup, that sort of thing.
I prefer Joy. A mature kind of happiness, a grandchild, security, …an old man who has been loyal to me.
I’ve been tossing around some thoughts about happiness vs joyfulness. Probably making more out of it than I should. But Christmas time brings me to the question of how many people are selling out for being happy and never know the joy in JOY. For me, it generally comes down to sentiment, memories, nostalgia. For some it is a matter of staying up with the times, following trends, buying something new. To each his own.
Except in one thing. That is the matter of finding the Joy of Jesus. The marvel of God coming as the Messiah. My sin debt paid by the Babe, whom the angel said was to be named Jesus. He would be the Messiah.
Short true story. David and Oriana brought me a stunning golden ball about four inches in diameter. It looked lovely. I didn’t want to open it at that time. They were a bit disappointed that I chose to keep it on display rather than open it. I was right. I enjoyed the anticipation. About a week later I broke it open. The chocolate was delicious. I’ve never had better. But then it became three pounds on my bones that I did not need! It is amazing how 8 ounces before eating becomes three pounds after eating! And there the foil stands now all empty and bare.
Another true story of happiness. This was a little girl who loved to lick the salt block with Ole Betsy. I know this first hand. Sometimes I could break off the salt triangle where licks from two directions intersected. It is now pay back time as I have to pass over the salt on much of my food.
Merry Christmas Dear Friends. Don’t get too wrapped up in the wrappings of Christmas. But don’t get to staid to see all its Joys.
Wish I could snap my fingers and promise you a wonderful 2023, but I can’t. I can, however, show you that Jesus is still our Messiah, our Anointed One, the Christ who saves. About the best I can promise you for the year, is that it will be one year nearer his coming again. We Shall Behold Him!