Advent Reflections: Joy

by: Courtney A. Hulsey

For those of you who don’t know, I love to sing.  When I sing, there is a part of me that unlocks and my heart is flooded – with Joy.  But what is Joy? I believe that Joy is an inward delight which is not bound by circumstance. 

There are many things going on in the world, in my state, in my town, in my home, and within me that do not understand.  Many are angry, and full of hatred marring the face of humanity with their acts and words of violence.  Others are grieving and hurting; looking for comfort. 

How, then, can we possibly find Hope, Peace, or Joy? Through a relationship with Christ. Psalm 16:11 says this, “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy.”  No matter where we are, or what circumstances we find ourselves in, if we make our way into the presence of the Lord; we will find the fullness of joy [that inward delight.]

Just this morning I experienced this very thing.  As I spent time at the piano in worship before the Lord, Joy filled my heart so much that tears streamed down my face.  Here I was, alone in the sanctuary, spending time with my Father; offering the only thing had – tearful singing.

So, during this time of Advent, I encourage you draw closer into the presence of the Lord.  It is there we find Joy.  Offer to him all you have: your time, your treasures, and your talents. You will not be disappointed. Like the wise men, bring your gifts to the manger.  I’ll be there giving Him my song.

“Joy to the Word! The Lord is come.  Let Earth Receive Her King!!

Let every heart prepare Him room.  Let Heaven and nature sing.”