Joy to the World!

As we anticipate the celebration of Christmas, we are reminded, hopefully, of the joy that surrounds this season.  Joy is so much deeper than happiness to me.  it's there in spite of our circumstances.  It's there as a gift from God, His Spirit providing this fruit in us.  "But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit's leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another." Galatians 5:22-23, 25-26

So, as you shop for all the people you love, may you have as much joy to give to others as you have been given by God.  Even in the lines of traffic and check-outs may you bear the fruit of His Spirit in you.

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