HOPE. PEACE. JOY. LOVE.
Saturday, December 5
Rev. Mary Cox, Associate Pastor, Mission Outreach at Roswell Presbyterian Church
Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart. - Psalm 32:11
Christmas lights in palm trees - that's how I remember meaningful Christmases as a child. It sounds rather shallow at first thought. Still, that sight meant that we had arrived in South Florida to be with family after 20 hours of way-too-much togetherness in our wood paneled station wagon.
We didn't have a tradition of reading the story of Jesus' birth but we still have a 1980's video of a multi-generation reenactment of "The Night Before Christmas" featuring my grandmother's narration peppered with giggles.
Of course, we wanted to be together as family during Christmas but the story of Jesus in our everyday lives was what brought the greatest joy. My grandparents' faith and love of Christ was not seasonal but sustaining. My parents' walk with God helped chart the course of daily trust even when troubled times were to come.
As a child, my family helped my heart be prepared to "receive her King." Jesus' birth reminds me that joy has come not only to me, or to my family, but to the whole world. In this Advent season, may we anticipate and expect King Jesus to come in love and glory for all people, for all time!
Joy to the world! The Lord has come: Let earth receive her King. Isaac Watts, 1719
Jesus, Lord of life and King of all nations, help me prepare my heart to receive you today and share the joy you bring to all. Amen