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Reawakening Joy
December 7, 2016

In Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol, Ebenezer Scrooge had a very painful memory of his time in school.  While all the other students went home for Christmas, his Dad did not want him to come home.  Then his sister Fanny showed up to bring Ebenezer home for the holidays, saying,

“Father is so much kinder than he used to be, that home is like heaven!  He spoke so gently to me one dear night when I was going to bed that I was not afraid to ask him once more if you might come home; and he said yes, you should…we’re to be together all the Christmas long and have the merriest time in all the world.”

The prophet Isaiah had a message of hope for those who were living in a land threatened and intimidated by an enemy.  The hope was so certain that it was spoken in words that indicated that it had already happened.  “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9:2)  The prophet went on to describe a tremendous defeat of the enemy, renewing hope and joy for the future.  The angel Gabriel brought a renewal of hope and joy to Zechariah and Elizabeth with the promise of a baby (Luke 1:13-17) and another message to Mary that she would bear the Messiah (Luke 1:29-31).

We can experience a reawakening of wonder and light of Christmas; a reawakening of hope, joy and peace.  It begins with becoming right with God, admitting attitudes and actions that do not match his character.  The promise is that if we confess our wrong doings, he is willing to forgive and cleanse (1 John 1:9).  We can allow the joy to be reawakened by slowing down our busy lifestyle and embrace the beauty and joy of the season.  We can reawaken the joy by choosing to not be anxious but rather think about good memories; choosing to think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, excellent and praiseworthy (Philippians 4:6-8).  We will reawaken joy by bringing joy to others.  How?  Tape cash to random gas pump handles, treat a School bus driver with a gift card to Tim’s, put change in a vending machine, clean your room, etc.

Do you need a reawakening of joy?  What are some things you can do to have that reawakened joy through a relationship with God?  With others?

pj

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