“Joyful, joyful, we adore thee,
God of glory, Lord of love.
Hearts unfold like flowers before thee,
Opening to the sun above.”
It’s now less than 100 days until Christmas! It’s now, “Tis the season to be joyful.” We now start the next three months of celebrating everything full of fun and importance. Starting with Halloween, which I love, and then Thanksgiving and Christmas. It’s easy to be joyful in the fun and excitement of Halloween and it’s easy to be joyful in the food and family time of Thanksgiving. But then we get to Christmas, the holiday and time of year we should be the most joyful.
At that time, we have the fun and excitement like Halloween and the festive family time like Thanksgiving, but Christmas is not always a time when we’re joyful. We get bogged down with what to buy for whom, which side of the family to go to when and where. Sometimes we’re saddened by our lack of family and friends or our lack of monetary resources to fulfill what we have gotten into our minds makes Christmas joyful.
There’s only one thing that can make Christmas truly joyful, and that’s Jesus! There wouldn’t be a holiday season without Him! Even Halloween started as a Christian tradition known as All Hallow’s Eve. I hope your holiday season is filled with joy and I hope your joy never ends.
The song started above is based on Psalms 71:23 and was written in 1907 by Henry van Dyke. It continues,
“Melt the clouds of sin and sadness.
Drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness,
Fill us with the light of day.”
My lips will shout for joy,
when I sing praises to you,
my soul also, which you have redeemed.
Photo taken by Ryan Gilbert.