"Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice".
Joy, the third candle in the advent season. What is it and how do I get it when everything defies it? Joy radiates from an inner place. There is no manufacturing joy. But I can receive it by rejoicing in the Lord. Re-joy-ce. Repeat the sounding joy.
The angels rejoiced over the birth of the Savior. Repeat the angel's song of rejoicing. They saw Him. They looked down and saw Almighty God in a baby's body. They didn't understand it but they rejoiced.
We are to repeat the sounding joy when we don't understand.
Angels saw Him born and angels saw Him die fulfilling the father's plan of redemption. They still didn't understand it, but they rejoiced.
Repeat the sounding joy in the midst of heartache, of loss, of confusion, of evil that seems to be flooding the earth. Keep repeating the sounding joy. Let it resonate within and without and fill you. Be filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit, joy.
Hope brought peace, peace brought a sword and once that sword separates chaff from wheat, joy resides and nothing less can share that space.
It doesn't take understanding to be fulfilled. It takes joy.
Repeat the sounding Joy, for a Savior is born!