Day 7 of Advent Joy 


Dear Reader, 

 1 Peter chapter one has this to say: “Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now , you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious Joy, for you are receiving the goal of your Faith, the Salvation of your souls.” These words are the summation of all I have been feeling this season. There is so much grief in the world. Today our hearts break for Aleppo, for broken homes, for orphaned children, for infertility. And yet the heaviness that the grief of the world brings can never outweigh the weightlessness of His Joy. We weep because of what we see, but we are filled with unexplainable Joy because of the Salvation we can’t see. This world is broken, but Heaven is not. Our hearts are breaking because they are flesh, but our Souls are strong because Jesus fights for them. Jesus was born for broken people like us. We can have Joy even today because while we stand helpless Christ stands strong. This world is not our home, and it wasn’t Christ’s home either. Though we do not see Him now we love Him, and while we do not see Him now He loves us. Nothing can separate us from Him. Nothing. Joy is so closely linked with Hope, and both of those are found in Christ. Joseph felt like his future marriage was crumbling before it even got started when he discovered Mary was pregnant. It took an Angel from God to show him that what he saw was different from what was true. We know that Joseph found Joy because he didn’t leave Mary and Jesus alone in this world. He found a truth He couldn’t explain, an act of God he was trying so hard to see. And we, much like Joseph, when we have found the Joy of Christ won’t leave Jesus and His people alone in this world either. Because Joy unites our souls, it is a family trait of those who are His. It doesn’t always mean a smile on our face and a perfect life, but it means we have a never ending Hope in the Goodness of Christ and the Light that He brings to break apart the dark. Joy can spread and Jesus can save. Nothing is ever too broken for Him, nothing is ever too hard, no one is ever out of His reach. Joy to the world, the Lord has come,to save and heal and hold

In Him, 

A Fellow Grace Wanderer 

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