Christmas the Sixth Gift


Sixth Gift of Christmas – Joy

In that same hour he rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children…Luke 10:21

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At His birth the shepherds rejoiced

At His touch the lepers rejoiced

At His sight the Blind man rejoiced

In His arms the children rejoiced

For his forgiveness the thief rejoiced

At the sound of His voice Mary rejoiced

For bread and fish on the fire the disciples rejoiced

At His return to Heaven His Father rejoiced

From birth to death, through every day and in every trial Jesus gave His life joyfully for us. What better thanks can we give Him but to joyfully give ourselves to others for Him?  Surely Jesus was not only the greatest giver but the greatest rejoicer in giving. Whatever small service we can find to do for someone today will be blessed when we give it with joy!

2 Corinthians 9:7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver

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