This week in Advent is joy.
Luke 2:8-20 tells of when the angels appeared to the shepards proclaiming the Messiah's birth with great joy. And the shepards found Jesus, and then left with great joy.
Jesus brings joy. I've heard several different pastor's use this acronym for a happy life:
I have two favorite Christmas songs. One is rather somber and I always imagined monks singing it, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel." Even though the verses are somber, prayerful plea, the refrain is "Rejoice, Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, o Israel."
The second favorite is "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen." It not only tells the story of Jesus birth throughout it's verses, but once again, the refrain says "O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, o tidings of comfort and joy."
And that's what this season should bring us - Comfort and Joy. Today I pray you can go out with joy and share that with all you see.