Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare him room,
And heaven and nature sing.
Joy to the earth! the Savior reigns
Let men their songs employ
While fields and floods, rocks hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy.
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground
He comes to make his blessings flow
Far as the curse is found.
He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of his righteousness,
And wonders of his love.
I am finding that, even in the midst of a difficult time, Christmas is particularly meaningful this year as I focus on what I can celebrate in my heart, despite circumstances. The fact is, Christ Our Savior reigns, in this world, and in my heart, if I “prepare Him room” and open it to Him in faith. I may feel sorrow and be caught in the effects of my own sin or someone else’s, but “He comes to make his blessings flow” no matter how far we feel from Him–as “far as the curse is found”–or how much we hurt. He knows the truth, He is righteous and He rules the world. And I realize once again, in “wonder” of His love and grace, there is a peace and joy that can run deeper than the deepest hurt. And Christmas can still be beautiful. And I can still sing “Joy to the World”.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to the Most High.
It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning,
your faithfulness in the evening,
accompanied by the ten-stringed harp and the melody of the lyre.
You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me!
I sing for joy because of what you have done. Psalm 92:1-4