Many people began the new year with a resolution and a word for the year. Choosing a word seemed like a good thing and so I selected ‘intentional’ as my word. What’s been interesting, is that as the year wore on, another word came to the forefront of my thinking. If you’re a regular reader, I’m guessing that you will guess what that word is. Yes, it’s ‘joy.’
As I began decorating my home for Christmas I started adding the word ‘joy’ to my wreaths and packages. For some time I’ve been smitten with banners and decided to make one for Christmas. Rejoice seemed to be the perfect word for my banner which I constructed and hung on an old window.
The dictionary people at Merriam Webster give this definition to the verb rejoice…”Feel or show great joy or delight.”
The Magi following the star to Bethlehem were overjoyed that the star brought them to Jesus. I love how the King James Version of the Bible expresses it, “they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” Matthew 2:10.
Not just joy….though to have joy is pretty amazing. Not just great joy…though that must be joy doubled or tripled. “Exceeding great joy.” We could call it extraordinary joy. These Magi were evidently overwhelmed with their feeling of joy. Do you think that they knew that they were in the presence of the Creator of the universe? We do know that they bowed down and worshiped Jesus.
What is it that causes you to respond by feeling or showing great joy or delight?
Have you been overwhelmed with extraordinary joy?
How did you express that joy?
We are just a little more than two weeks from Christmas Day, shall we can embark on a joy journey? Let’s take time each day to reflect and rejoice on our Savior who humbled Himself in human form, even to death on a cross. Let’s journey to the manger, where we too can rejoice with exceeding great joy.
This is the day when we count just seven from the many blessings of our past week. What a great way to begin the week. I’ll start….
My heart is filled with gratitude for:
- my servant husband
- seeing a friend grow in wisdom and character
- the provision of white and red paint
- physical healing
- unbelievably warm December temperatures
- an afternoon spent with friends
- a Savior, worthy of all honor and praise
It’s your turn! Please share yours in the “Share your thoughts” section below. I do read and respond to every comment.
May you too have “exceeding great joy”
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FYI…late Monday I’ll be back with a Holiday Tour of my home, joining in Jennifer Rizzo’s virtual Holiday Housewalk Party. It’s kind of like going on a tour of homes, but you get to stay all warm and cozy in your own home while you tour all over the country. If you missed the first part of the tour last week…you can check it out here.
Be sure to check back here on Monday evening to see what I’ve been decorating!
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