LAVISH LOVE: How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! (I John 3:1 NIV)

~ JOY ~

From Donna Fletcher Crow’s Seasons of Prayer: Rediscovering Classic Prayers through the Christian Calendar

“The thing to Imageremember about joy is that it’s a quiet emotion. It is an almost solemn ecstasy that starts deep within one, filling with a radiance that finally works itself into shining eyes and an irrepressible smile. Joy is easily drowned in noise and rush. We lose the joy of the season in busyness. Fun is not joy. Or, as William Stringfellow says in The Services of the Christian Year, “For all the greeting-card and sermonic rhetoric, much rejoicing does not seem to happen around Christmastime, least of all about the coming of the Lord. There is a lot of holiday frolicking, but that is not the same as rejoicing.”

REJOICE! REJOICE!

EMMANUEL

SHALL COME TO THEE

O ISRAEL!

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