Joy Unspeakable

Years ago we lived in a small upstairs apartment and the only telephone was on the wall in the kitchen. It may be hard for young people to imagine but then the ringing of the phone meant an important message and everyone in the family ran to answer it. Around midnight when we were all…

Silent Night – Mary’s Treasure

Luke 2:19-20 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. Of all the songs that I relate to Christmas I find that Silent Night is the one that brings me closest to that…

Counting the Joy

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,James 1:2 ESV We had gotten used to Disney being closed and resigned to the fact that even beaches were shut down. That was soon followed by restaurants, my barber shop and finally even our church. But the reality of this verse didn’t…

A Cheerful Heart

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.   Proverbs 17:22 NLT I felt frustrated by the small number of people that were coming to our church service at the nursing home. It seemed despite our best efforts; fewer were coming each week and we simply rushed in and did…

The Gift of Joy

For in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. 2 Corinthians 8:2 ESV Our twelve year old grandson is named Christian. Whenever Christian is happy about something he squints his eyes, rubs his hands together and smiles as wide as…