Wednesday, December 21, 2016


Christmas is JOY

“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)

In vain we engage ourselves in the ceaseless pursuit of happiness and pleasure.  Success and power, recognition and achievement turn to ashes in our hands and hearts.  The sweet taste of some trivial victory soon turns to bitterness in our mouths.  Treasures on earth turn out to have a hollow ring.  Christmas is timely yet it is timeless.  The real Christmas does not tarnish in the safety deposit boxes of our soles.  Mortar is mortal and even flesh is fleeting.   Only as we open our lives and invest our time and energies in that which has eternal quality, do we find joy.  May we learn to enjoy Christmas.  Joy lights up the most humble shack and can even be found in palaces perhaps.  A hobo or a prince can be surprised by joy. Rejoice!

-- Don G. Smith, Lorne Park Baptist Church, Mississauga, Ontario, December 7, 1985


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