Joy…Full, Joy…Full

snowmanjoy closeonwreath1     There is a song now 107 years old that starts off Joyful, Joyful we adore Thee, God of glory, God of love…

With Christmas just six days away is our joy…full? Even in the absence of happiness, joy is to be our heart’s outlook…

Over 2,000 years ago an angel declared “I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.” (Luke 2:10 NIV)

Today is a tribute to a friend who may not still be with us this Christmas but who lived life with great joy, her name is Lorrie. Wife, mother, grandmother, friend to all – and daughter of God. Upon meeting her almost thirty years ago I thought the person who introduced her said her name was Glory. Being a new Christian, I thought ‘Wow, how spiritual’… Well if anyone should have ever been named Glory it was Lorrie. I have never known a more giving person, never known anyone who smiled at life the way she does, no one who ever brought glory to God more than she has…

A brain tumor has plagued her for a couple years – when she is gone she will be sorely missed. But guess what – her joy will indeed be great as the very one whose spirit indwells her and made her the joy-full person she is all her days, will be hugging her, restoring her, and calling to our hearts to remember her joy in Him…

I wish each of you a Merry Christmas – let joy rule no matter the rush, the mess-ups, the craziness, (even the sadness) of the world… Joy-full, Joy-full, adore Him, give Him the glory…

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