To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy – to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
Jude 24-25 NIV
“All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth.” The words to this song conjure up an image of a youngster with a big smile, missing what else? His two front teeth. This very simple wish, it is supposed, would bring this child joy. As we mature, things that bring us joy become more complex. Meaningful and enduring relationships with loved ones bring joy to our hearts. We seek joy through promises that come to fruition.
Christmas is a time that reminds us of such a promise fulfilled. The shepherds were the first to be told of this promise: the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. They ran breathlessly to the manger. They fell on their knees and adored the tiny Christ Child who grants eternal life to all who would receive him. True joy had entered the world.
We celebrate His birth in ways that bring us joy. Let us also remember to honor Him at all other seasons of our lives and revere Him “with glory, power and authority.”
Galvanize our hearts with Your Spirit, Lord. As we prepare for this beloved season, let us pray to allow your Spirit to permeate our lives and our lives to reflect Your Joy.