Of Great Joy

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The stars were bright tonight, without the  moon to compete with, as yet.

It was cold, too, so a coat was in order.

The Bible study group that I belong to was having a dinner party at the home of one of the members.

The atmosphere was warm with love inside.

Friends greeted each other with smiles and laughter.

There were candles on some of the tables inside metal jars.

Open lettering exposed the light and flame.

“Joy” was glowing through one of them.

I’m sure that every single person at the dinner had something of concern going on in their lives.

Jobs.

Finances.

Health.

Relationships.

Anything, really.

No one is exempt from difficulties in life.

Yet, there was something else present around the tables and chairs.

Joy.

Deep within the hearts of each guest lived a knowledge of God’s love for them.

A place of settled peace with Him.

A space occupied by knowing Jesus.

Whatever else happens in life, those things cannot be changed.

Joy emerges from such a knowledge.

In the book of Luke, these words bring us joy:

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

—Luke 2: 8-14

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