I am pretty sad to say that this is the last week we are looking at the fruit of joy in our mummy meditations. If you missed last week then do hop back over to Naomi’s blog. It has truly been a joy to delve deeper into this often misunderstood idea of joy. To finish off (and because IT’S CHRISTMAS!!!) we chose the following verse to ponder this week:
“But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
was there joy before jesus?
My meditation this week got me thinking more about the causes of joy. We have already learnt that joy is not an emotion (as much as Disney likes to think so in Inside Out!). That joy is a sign of spiritual maturity and that we can be joyful through trials as it gives us perspective. But what should be the cause of our joy?
The verse this week is the exciting announcement from the angels that the news of Jesus being born will cause great joy for all people. When thinking about it, I know that there was joy before Jesus. I am sure Noah was joyful throughout the flood as he knew God has promised to save him. I am sure Abraham was joyful even through the barren years because he knew God had promised him descendants. But that joy wasn’t freely available for everyone. And I think that is why the angels are sooooo excited at Christmas time. This joy is now for ALL PEOPLE!!!
Sometimes I get a bit used to the fact that anyone and everyone can be a Christian and have a relationship with their creator. But back in Jesus’ time, it was the Jews and no-one else who could have that kind of special relationship. So for the angels this was a revelation, it was a celebration and it was worthy of them putting on a show to break the news! All people. Everyone. Every single person can now have a relationship with God because Jesus, who was to become the saviour through the cross, was being born. Wow.
So what is the cause of joy? Being able to know your creator, to know you have a hope in heaven through Jesus’ death on the cross, to know that despite what happens here on earth there is something greater waiting for you in heaven. That is joy. And Jesus being born is what brings that joy to us – the regular people. All people.
you can have it too
Are you excited about Christmas tomorrow? Maybe you are worn and weary from the preparations. Perhaps 2016 hasn’t been kind to you and you are just finding it hard to have any reason to be joyful. Maybe passed Christmas’s have brought bad news so the memories are painful. Whatever reasons you have to not enjoy tomorrow, try to connect with the Holy Spirit inside you and really grasp that joy that Jesus brings. Look past the preparations, look past the hurts and pain of the past, and look to your bright and glorious future in heaven, all because of a little baby boy in a manger. How beautiful.
Well Merry Christmas all our Mummy Meditators! I hope and pray you have a fabulous Christmas week. We will now be moving into the fruit of peace, looking at this verse to start.
“Deceit is in the hearts of those who plot evil,
but those who promote peace have joy” Proverbs 12:20
what’s your new year’s resolution going to be?
To celebrate the New Year I would also like to invite you to make Mummy Meditations your “New Year’s Habit” (not resolution!) and to commit to joining me and Naomi in this wonderful journey of getting to know our God even better during the busyness of motherhood. If you would like to join us, then please fill in the contact form below. We will then invite you into a new mummy mediations community, where thoughts, video, and ideas can be shared safely throughout the week, keeping us accountable in between these posts: