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Great Joy

An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. ... "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." (Luke 2:10). John Piper commented on this, “Not small joy. Not modest joy. But “great joy”.

Jesus said, “I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11)

‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ (Romans 15:13)

Dear God,
When I am among the people whom I love – let there be joy;
When I spend time in silence and solitude – let there be joy;
When I go about my daily business – let there be joy;
When the sorrows of life weigh me down – let there be joy;
When circumstances do not go my way – let there be joy;
When I cannot see the path ahead of me – let there be joy;
Among the highs and the lows, the weakness and the strength,
In every season of life O Lord – let there be joy.

Happiness is a feeling; joy is a decision. So, let us decide.