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 of Christmas for instances of the joy that runs through all of creation, especially through experiencing the beauty and wonder of God’s world.
We are back to colder weather again. I hope everyone can stay warm enough in the days ahead, both those who have warm places to work and eat and sleep, and those who will be experiencing the cold for longer periods of time. May we have compassion on those who need help and support.
There is still beauty around us and the joy of seeing that beauty in such things as frost and the way the skies sometimes appear when the temperatures are very cold. I was struck by the similarity of the shape of this bit of frost to plants such as ferns and palms. The repetition of shapes and patterns in God’s creation is a wonder. I hope those reading this can ponder some of the wonder and joy in creation from the comfort of a cozy place.
Joy to the world! The Savior reigns; let us our songs employ, while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains, repeat the sounding joy.