Daily Advent Devotional - 12/17

Author: CE Intern Emily Hinshaw
December 17, 2017

Joy to the World! The Lord is come
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and nature sing,
And heaven and heaven and nature sing.

This is one of the most favored hymns at Christmastime. Take a second and think about the melody of the first line: “Joy to the World! The Lord is come!”. Have you ever noticed that the notes slowly descend, as if the notes themselves are Christ descending down to Earth in the form a little baby boy? Now sing the next line, “Let Earth receive her King!”. Have you ever noticed that these notes gradually ascend, as if the notes are rising into the sky with the stars which will guide us home to Christ? This advent season, let this joy of Christ spread to all the world. Start small: make someone smile today, and then again tomorrow, and then again the day after that!

Joyful God, Thank you for the joy you have given us to share with your beautifully created world. Help us to remember your joy and your gift this season and help me to share your joy with the world around us. Let us sing your praises and joys all season long.


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