Monday, December 31, 2012

Joy: Seventh Day of Christmas

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 our hearts and minds, I invite you to join me in looking each of these twelve days for instances of the joy that runs through all of creation, especially through experiencing the beauty and wonder of God’s world.

While parts of Nebraska had new snowfall today, in Omaha where we spent the day it was simply cloudy and cold. It was one of those “in the bleak midwinter” sorts of days: “Earth stood hard as iron, water like a stone”.

But walking by snow-covered flower beds that I know are planted with spring flower bulbs brought joy into the day, the joy of anticipation. Just as we look with confidence for the light to appear in the darkness, we know that new growth will start appearing in a few weeks. Meanwhile, there are garden seeds to order and start indoors and memories of last year’s gardens to shorten the remaining weeks of winter.

Joy to the world! The Savior reigns; let us our songs employ, while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains, repeat the sounding joy.

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