Thought of the Day December 21, 2016

By 9:44 AM

As we approach Christmas, is there a spirit of joy within us? The imminent coming of the Messiah brought great joy into the world, into people's lives and into relationships. Joy was the message to the shepherds by the Angels. Joy erupted in the life of Mary as she proclaimed the greatness of God to her. Mary and Elizabeth shared their joy with each other and the presence of the newly conceived infant within Mary brought joy to the infant John within Elizabeth. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. But as a fruit it comes from a relationship with God. It springs forth when we realize what great things God has done for us and is doing for us. The present coming of Jesus, our Messiah, is the gift of the Father to us. We rejoice as we cry out: Come, Lord Jesus, come!

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