Sunday, January 1, 2012

Joy to the World: Eighth Day

Joy to the world! The Lord is come: let earth receive her king;
Let every heart prepare him room, and heaven and nature sing.

With “Joy to the world” in my heart and mind, I’m looking each of these twelve days of Christmas for the beauty and wonder in God’s world, for instances of the joy that runs through all of creation.

With sunshine throughout the day and a couple of hours driving in the country, many things served as signs of joy for me today. Here are two of the most basic things in our world in Nebraska, things that we sometimes don’t notice, that stood out today: the sky and the land.

The clouds in the late morning sky made beautiful patterns.

Fields of corn stubble, some with cattle grazing, lie fallow until spring. The expanse of the land, the evidence of its fertility, the promise of sustenance for the year ahead, or maybe just the way the light hit the fields today, radiated well-being. The earth itself can be a sign of joy and the cause of joy in our hearts.

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