Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Week Two: Joy

childrens_choirThis children’s choir has no reservations about sharing their Christmas joy in a rendition of “Feliz Navidad.”

How does the Christmas season instill joy in so many of us whether or not we hold to the Biblical story of the celebration of the birth of the promised Messiah?

In the Biblical account found in Luke 2:13-14 the host of angels sang praises of joy at the announcement of the birth to the shepherds. Through the centuries, hymns and carols of joy about the season whether religious or secular have flowed from the pens of poets and composers alike.

As Dr. Seuss put it so well in How the Grinch Stole Christmas the true joy of Christmas doesn’t even need the snow, or the tree, or the presents, or the feast. When the Whos of Whoville awoke that Christmas morning, devoid of their presents and decorations and food, the joy already in their hearts came forth in a simple heartfelt yet happy song.

Not everyone sees the season as a time of joy though. Dickens in his classic A Christmas Carol noted that Scrooge could well-enough have afforded to provide a fitting Christmas to much of London but he resisted being lured to the joy and sought to deprive others of it as well. So apparently the joy of Christmas cannot be forced upon those not willing to join in.

But for those who choose to find joy, even amid the stress and pressures of the holidays and the end of the year, the season is infused with laughter and smiles and music.

Is this a season of joy for you? Is there something particular that symbolizes that joy regardless of your circumstances?


First Week of Christmas: Light

Christmas Week Two: Joy

Christmas Week Three: Wonder and Discovery

Christmas Week Four: Hope

1 comment:

chelle said...

Experiencing the season with the children, seeing it through their eyes for the first time ... total joy.