Isaac Watts – Joy to the World
Advent is here and it is time to prepare room in our hearts, our lives and our homes to receive Christ. Each Sunday there will be a theme to help us in our preparations. The biggest challenge for each of us will be to create time – time as individuals to be with God and time as families to light the Advent Candle each week and talk about the season and the coming celebration of Jesus’ birth.
During the first week our theme is hope. Reflect on your hope for the next year of your life, your hope for your family, your hope for your career, and your hope for the world. Then ask God to guide you in making your hopes a reality.
During the second week our theme will be peace. Where do you need peace in your life? How will God direct you in seeking that peace?
The theme for the third week is love. God loves you deeply and wants to spend more time with you. How is God asking you to share that love – with family, with friends, with neighbors and with those you don’t know?
Joy is the theme for the fourth Sunday in Advent – the Sunday before we celebrate Christ’s birth on Christmas Eve. Make a list of all the joys in your life. Post it on your fridge, on your Facebook page and let others know the reason for your joy!
The season of Advent offers us opportunities to reflect on our lives and the ways in which God is present to us each day. I encourage you to make time – to take time to journey with your family and with God through this season of preparation. Then, on Christmas Eve when we sing Joy to the World, it will have new meaning for our lives.
The blessings of God’s hope, peace, joy and love on your Advent journey,