It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Chapter 12, Page 16, Book 12

The Joy You Give 

John Greenleaf Whittier

Somehow, not only for Christmas
But all the long year through,
The joy that you give to others
Is the joy that comes back to you.
And the more you spend in blessing
The poor and lonely and sad,
The more of your heart's possessing
Returns to make you glad.

Sunday, December 16th,  the third week of Avent:  JOY

Joy ... What is Joy ?

A dictionary defines it this way ... The emotion evoked by well-being, success or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires -- delight

Advent is a season of joyful expectation. Joy is a gift that we often take for granted. I know that there have been times in my life when I felt no joy, when I was in mourning, or depression, or anger, or any one of a zillion different emotions. Being without joy is a very dismal feeling. But Christmas Joy can and should be immune to these very human conditions. 

Joy comes wrapped in many packages. We sing Joy to the World.  Maybe we can absorb some of that joy and live it in a way that doesn't feel false, but as the greatest truth ever told.  The true meaning of Christmas isn't found under a tree, but in our hearts.

We have been focused on Preparation and Hope, now we switch to  a more joyous atmosphere of anticipation and expectancy. 

Happy attitudes make for happy holidays. Let’s not get ourselves all prepared for disappointment or frustration. . Overlook them and choose joy.  

Christmas!  The very word brings joy to our hearts.  No matter how we may dread the rush, the long Christmas lists for gifts and cards to be bought and given - when Christmas Day comes there is still the same warm feeling we had as children, the same warmth that enfolds our hearts and our homes.

Joan Winmill Brown


betty said...

Joy is hard to describe, but I know when I am joyful and when I am not. I am definitely more joyful when I realize who I am in God's eyes :)


Memoirs of Me & Mine said...

Thanks so much for sharing this!