Joy Is a Song

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Joy is a song that welcomes the dawn telling the world that the Savior is born.

– from “When God is a Child” by Brian Wren

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Joy

hope-peace-joy“I’ve got joy like a fountain in my heart.”  You may recognize that as a line from an old Sunday School tune.  I remember singing it boldly along with the other verses which included “peace like a river” and “love like an ocean.”  All are good descriptors, but “joy like a fountain” is my favorite.  When joy happens, it bubbles up and out like water from a wellspring.

I recently had a conversation with a grieving friend.  Though she often feels sad, she is looking forward to what she calls her “new reality.”  Planning for a new residence, starting a small business, and being with family are all sources of joy.  Sometimes she feels guilty for being happy.  Other times she worries that people will judge her for being happy at a time when she should, in their view, be sorrowful.  Fortunately, joy bubbles up pushing all that aside, making room for brighter tomorrows.  I am lucky to be standing in the spray.

In the Movies: Peace

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Once I realized the problem was not you but within me, I found inner peace and was able to harness the flow of the universe.

from Kung Fu Panda 2

I have never watched this movie, but I love how this quote shows the value of peace across cultures.  Do you have a favorite movie line or song lyric about peace?  If so, please share!

Mary

mary-nativThough she was afraid and a little doubtful at first, Mary quickly embraced her role in what we now call the Christmas story.  Once it was all explained, her simple reply was, “I am the Lord’s servant.  May it be to me as you have said.”  (Luke 1:38)

The author of Luke goes on to tell us that Mary sang praises to God, recognizing that He blesses those who are humble, those who have little, and those who serve Him.  Perhaps this example is just one more gift delivered to us through Mary.

Generations have called her blessed, and in turn, we have been blessed for generations.  Glory!

 

 

Peace

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We live in an “unpeaceful” time.  From politics to pipelines to “taking a knee,” battles rage around us.  Historically, there have been greater conflicts, but even an argument over the color of a coffee cup seems like a big deal when you’re in the midst of it.

A little girl in my community saw video on social media of someone stealing money from a tip jar at a local donut shop.  She took her “tooth fairy” money to the donut shop and slipped it into the tip jar with a note saying she was sorry about what happened.  Though the conflict was not her own, she saw a need and stepped in to help.  That’s a pretty big move for such a little girl.

As this week of peace begins, I hope each of us will think about the ways we approach conflict and the ways we interact with those who don’t agree with us.  Maybe we can begin to speak in favor of ideals and values rather than against individuals.  Maybe we can stand up and help, peacefully, even when the conflict doesn’t directly affect us.  The example was set for us thousands of years ago by one who was called the Prince of Peace and again this week by a little girl in a donut shop.  It’s kind of a big deal.

I pray that this week will bring peace to our hearts so we may begin to influence peace in the world around us.  Be sure to stop by and share your stories of peace this week.

Truly…