Joy

2019 Advent Devotional – Day 20

Joy

Matthew 2:9b-10 – The wise men find Jesus

[Ahead of them went the star] until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy.


Shine - Walton United Church, Oakville, Ontario

To have followed the star for so far and so long, there must have been a moment of confusion and disbelief when it stopped. Were their eyes playing tricks on them? Was the star now so distant that its movement was imperceptible? And then the realization, flowing through them as a wave of relief and delight. They had arrived. 

Contentment, exhilaration, delight, gratitude. The breathtaking sense that this moment was bigger and more remarkable than the moment just before. Overwhelming joy

This is the joy made possible by the love of God and the life and ministry of Jesus. The contentment of being loved and accepted as we are; the exhilaration of living with ongoing hope; the gratitude evoked by God’s everlasting mercy. But most of all the unshakeable reassurance of knowing this love is promised to us for eternity and will never let us go.


Awe-inspiring God,
I cannot fully comprehend the immensity of your love for me, and even to glimpse it overpowers logic and defies reason. It is a love I cannot match, but only weakly imitate; a grace I do not possess, but can only receive and reflect into the world. But even as I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of your enduring love, so I am also enriched with the joy of knowing that I am embraced by your love forever. Amen.

Thank you for joining us on this prayerful path through Advent.
Blessings and best wishes for 2020.

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