It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Chapter 12, Page 19, Book 12
Make each day useful and cheerful and prove that you know the worth of time by employing it well. Then youth will be happy, old age without regret, and life a beautiful success.
Louisa Mae Allcott
Wednesday, December 19th: JOY
This is a season of celebration that should uplift and nourish our souls, not drain them. Advent is supposed to be about: a joyful waiting period for the birth of Jesus. But hope is the key, because that’s why we’re joyful in the first place. When I think about the JOY that goes along with Christmas, I think the magic that people associate with Christmas is really the JOY of Jesus’ birth!
Focusing on the wise men’s joy when they saw the star, the good tidings of great joy from the angels and shepherds gives a feeling of joy and excitement. We read and tell of the stories of the first Christmas over and over, yet it never seems to be old or boring.
Our waiting time is almost over, yet it is good to take the time to pause and reflect during this busy time of year.
It is very strange that the years teach us patience — that the shorter our time, the greater our capacity for waiting.