How would you define the word joy?
Google says this: noun. a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
I think Google is right but in our context, the Bible/Christianity, joy is so much more than an emotion it’s a gift. Theopedia, the Wikipedia of theology, says this, “Joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope. It is something or someone that provides a source of happiness.”
Read Philippians 4:5-5
Paul reminds us to Rejoice in the Lord always. And he even repeats himself like we won’t understand it the first time. Sometimes that’s hard to experience joy, especially the biblical expression of it. Because joy is hard understand but even harder to practice. Joy truly is a gift from the Lord that resides in our hearts and shapes everything we do. It is an orientation and confidence that God is there for us in everything. Yet Paul calls us to rejoice, to feel or show great joy.
How do you express joy? What are some ways you could express joy this Advent? How could you incorporate more joy-filled activities in Advent?
Advent is about that anticipation of the joy that has come in Jesus Christ and is coming again to make our joy complete forever. Our Emmanuel, God with us, came and is coming again, he does and will provide us with happiness that changes our hearts and lives.
Light the candle of Joy (the Pink One)
Pray: God, we thank you for the joy that fills our hearts. We can’t always explain what joy means but we feel and know it. Help us to be joy-filled people all of our days. Change our hearts and lives to reflect the joy that resides in the depths of our hearts. Help us to invite others to experience the joy we have in Jesus Christ. Amen.