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This is the fourth Sunday of Advent. Churches and Homes around the world will light the candle of Peace, which is also referred to as the Angel’s candle. This is the season of anticipation of the arrival of the Christ child. Of course this is symbolic as we know he came long ago. For believers this also represents the anticipation of his second coming.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Finding peace in grace,
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13
The joy of Christmas is set against the bitter cold of no room at the inn. It is reflected in the brightness of the star that shone into the starkness of the stable only to become a mere reflection compared to the great love that was lying in the manger.
Joy catches the light of the Savior’s love and penetrates deep into our soul to fill us with unspeakable majesty. We cannot fathom it, but even in our deepest despair it is there as the foundation on which all our hope is built, pointing the way to eternity.
An eternity made possible by the darkest hour in all of history, when the love born in the stable was hung on a cross and joy sliced through the sorrow of our sin and brought freedom to our souls.
Joy and sorrow have always resided on opposite sides of the same coin. You cannot have one without the other. Joy remembered makes sorrow bearable and sorrow reflected in the pool of joy rides on wings of hope and restores our faith.
Even when the world doesn’t see joy, there is comfort in knowing that it is all around us in the presence of the one who came so long ago for the very purpose of bringing us the gift of joy. That is why we can shout from the depths of our souls: “Joy to the World”.
Joy in Grace,